After prolonging the inevitable, I finished Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I really hated to end this book. In my course of reading only books written by women, only three of those books have been ones I have thoroughly enjoyed and hated to see end. Even though this is Ms. Owen’s first novel, I have no doubt there will be more to come.
Two of those books came from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club.
Knowing that Reese had recommended them, I knew I was in for a good story. And boy, was this book amazing. Kya was the type of heroine I didn’t know I needed. A strong character, rich story line, and all the emotions. Kya, aka Marsh Girl, learned not only how to survive in the marsh alone, but how to grow. Despite her upbringing, or lack of upbringing, she meets tender-hearted people who help her learn, support her and encourage her hidden talents.
The once dirty Marsh Girl grew up into an extraordinary woman, who despite a few heartaches, knew more about human relationships than most, due her knowledge of the creatures in the marsh. I mean, let’s face it, our species is not that different from other species. Even when she is charged with murder, Kya maintains her quiet strength and unfailing faith in herself.
Kya shows us that women can be strong and quiet, brilliant and secluded, that our talents don’t have to be shouted from the rooftops for people to see us. Even in our seclusion, we need people in some fashion. Kya needed people just like those people needed Kya. And in the end, believing ourselves, our abilities and determination, and loving ourselves is more important than any other relationship.
If you need a heroine who didn’t need a knight in shining armor, just a fisherman’s son and few close friends to look out for her, then get Where the Crawdads Sing. You will fall in love with Kya and cheering her on with every turn of the page.
*Reese Witherspoon is directing an adaptation of this story for a movie. I have no doubt that this movie will be equally compelling and amazing as the story.*