Where the Craw­dads Sing

Delia Owens

Latitude Magazine - - Books - Re­viewed by Norma Ged­des

Pen­guin Ran­dom House

Kya Clark lives with her fam­ily in a swampy marsh near a small coastal town in North Carolina. Her fa­ther is a dead­beat dad, un­em­ployed, an­gry, al­co­holic and quick with his fists. One by one her sib­lings make their es­cape from their dirt­poor life. But when her beloved mother packs her bags and walks away with­out once turn­ing back, Kya knows the true mean­ing of lone­li­ness and aban­don­ment. She and her fa­ther mud­dle along to­gether and he teaches her how to fish and use the boat in the swamp. When her fa­ther doesn’t re­turn from one of his jaunts she knows the towns­folk will come look­ing for her to make sure she is ed­u­cated and put in a home. The marsh and the seabirds be­come her fam­ily and she teaches her­self how to sur­vive by watch­ing na­ture. She’s be­friended by Tate, a school friend of her brother who teaches her to read and write, and with this knowl­edge the world is truly opened to her.

In­ter­wo­ven in this beau­ti­ful story we have a mys­tery, le­gal drama, com­ing of age and a love story. An ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful book.

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