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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

book cover depicting an orange sky and a girl in a boat in the marshesWe learn more about (just how little we know about) the natural world, as we discuss the story of Kya Clark.

Locally known as the ‘Marsh Girl’, Kya Clark raises herself from the age of six in the North Carolina marshland and finds herself caught up in a murder investigation.

Do not listen to this podcast if you haven’t yet read the book, as there are MAJOR SPOILERS. Expect the usual swearing, one-star Amazon reviews and a few childhood memories.

Publisher’s Blurb

For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved.

When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens. Through Kya’s story, Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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