Kya Clark is a young woman growing up on her own in the marshes of North Carolina. In 1969, local lothario Chase Andrews is found dead and Kya, known as “the marsh girl”, is the prime suspect.
The narrative flashes between the early fifties and the late sixties and tells Kya’s story.
Abandoned by her mother at a young age, she and her siblings are left in the care of their drunk, abusive father. One by one, her brothers and sisters leave and her father disappears, leaving her to fend for herself.
Uneducated except by the nature all around her, and with the help of her friend Tate, who teaches her to read, Kya must learn everything she can to survive alone. When Tate leaves for college, she meets and starts a tumultuous relationship with Chase.
The story ends with her trial. After suffering years of prejudice in her small town, her fate hangs in the balance— Katie
“Where the Crawdads Sing is a stunning and beautiful novel that readers will want to simultaneously savor and devour with every luxurious word. You’ll hear the gulls cry on the beach through these pages, you’ll see the light flickering through the marsh trees, you’ll smell the homemade grits sizzling on the stovetop. Your heart will ache for the lonely marsh girl and your wheels will start turning when a body is discovered, but you’ll never regret reading this gorgeous novel.”
— Amanda Zirn, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE