I was first introduced to Della Owens and the novel Where the Crawdads Sing while engaging in my Sunday ritual of watching CBS’s Sunday Morning. This particular morning, they featured an interview with Della Owens and discussed her recent bestseller. My interest was piqued.
The story follows the life of a young girl Kya and crisscross’s her life course. We learn about resiliency and survival, but also alienation. The reader is drawn into her hardships as a young abandoned girl left in the hands of an abusive drunken father in the marshlands of North Carolina.
Kya learns to navigate the world on her own. The story then focuses on her status as an outcast and sense of abandonment as she is forced to fend for herself; she turns to nature and her surrounding habitat. I, as a Nature enthusiast, enjoyed Kya’s love of the natural environment around her and how she found comfort and solace. This is conveyed through detailed descriptions of the plants and animals and her special relationship with the birds. As she heads into her teenage years, the romantic storylines begins with new found emotions, and the real internal struggles begin.
Kya’s story has elements of mystery, romance, unrequited love and even a murder that results in a courtroom thriller. The reader is fully engaged and drawn into the story and silently roots for Kya and a happy ending.
More to come.
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