I was ready for some fiction, and I picked up Where the Crawdads Sing out of curiosity. After seeing it pop up on “best book lists” everywhere, I wanted to know if it was as good as everyone said. Plus, one of Denver’s local bookstores was hosting a book club mid-January with this book as its pick of the month.
About the Book
The story bounces back and forth between when Kya was a young girl in the 1950s to several years later – a time where a boy from the town is found dead. The mystery behind his death unravels as the two time periods progress and eventually overlap with one another.
- I loved the writing style and pacing of this book. It includes quite a bit of poetry, beautiful words describing a wild land. Normally books that are heavy with lyrical writing and description lose me. But every description added to the storyline and there wasn’t a lot of flowery writing bogging down the pace of the book
- I read the first third of this book over a few nights. And then I couldn’t put it down. I read the remaining two-thirds in one night. And I was sad when it was over.
- Books that spark emotion really hook me. And this book has plenty of emotion – some parts even brought me to tears.
- At first, this seemed like a lonely story and life for Kya. She was all alone and isolated, but she used that time to make something of herself – for herself. I can’t imagine what her life would’ve been like if she didn’t have the creative outlets that she discovers over time.
- What’s one word I would use to describe this book, Kya, and her story? Self-reliance.
Capable of deeds
The mind cannot conceive.
The heart dictates as well as feels.
How else can you explain
The path I have taken,
That you have taken
The long way through this pass?”
Kya remembered Ma always encouraging her to explore the marsh: “Go as far as you can — way out yonder where the crawdads sing.”
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