I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 370
Perspective: Third-Person Alternating Timelines
Location: North Carolina Marshes
In Where the Crawdads Sing, we follow the story of Kya, known as “the Marsh Girl”, from 1952 to the present day. After being abandoned by every member of her family as a very young child, she lives in solitude in a shack in the North Carolina Marshes. Only a select few people make an attempt to get to know her: some with honest intentions and some seeking their own gain. For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: A very sad, but intriguing look at nature, loneliness, and coming of age.
Full Review: This book has been on my radar for a while. It is hard to miss in bookstores and booklists. It was a part of the Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. It was also a part of the Book of the Month Box, which I LOVE. I, mean, $14.99 a month for a new release hardcover and $9.99 for any additional book AND free shipping? Can’t beat that. [Click here to get your first box for free.]. Ultimately, I ended up reading it because it is my book club’s January pick.
This book had everything I normally hate, but it was done correctly. First of all, it had a hard-to-define genre. Was it a mystery? Romance? Literary fiction? Historical fiction? Coming of age? I actually didn’t mind the ambiguity. It had enough of each genre to keep it interesting. The only section I didn’t like was how much time is spent on the mystery aspect in the last third of the book. I felt that part could have been condensed down. I don’t particularly like reading about or watching trials. It also took us away from the marsh for too long. That was the main reason why I gave this book four stars instead of five.
Where The Crawdads Sing had a main focus on setting. The character development lasts over a lifetime, so it had a very slow plot movement. I normally hate all of those things, but I actually really enjoyed reading the vivid descriptions of the landscape, the animals and plants of the marsh, and how Kya interacted with all of the elements. I was able to picture the setting, which ended up becoming sort of a character in itself. I also enjoyed being able to get a full resolution in the end. It happened at a quick enough pace that I felt satisfied with knowing the outcome, without being dragged along for years.
Even though this book was very sad in many parts, it was enjoyable to read. I highly recommend it! Since this book had a strong female protagonist, it would be a great choice for January if you are joining in on our 2020 Reading Challenge. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.