• West Cork Literary Festival 8-15 July 2022

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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By Mairéad Hearne (Swirl and Thread)

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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (a wildlife scientist) is published with Corsair and is a book that took the reading world by storm. The New York Times Book Review described it as ‘a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature . . . Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders-and dangers-of her private world ‘

Another book in my collection that I hadn’t read, I finally picked it up last week and was immediately spellbound with the very vivid imagery portrayed by Delia Owens. Kya Clark’s character develops throughout the novel as her tragic story unfolds. A young girl left in the wilds of the North Carolina marshes to fend for herself, Kya became one with her surroundings, but the locals were uneasy, unable to accept this wild child, the ‘Marsh Girl’. Kya was very unfairly treated over the years but she still managed to keep her head held high when society repeatedly knocked her down. When Kya matured, her need for a soulmate, a companion, was strong but the community was not ready for her. This is her story.

Where The Crawdads Sing is set to hit the cinemas next summer with Daisy Edgar Jones playing the leading role and is a movie that I have no doubt will hit the box office running. Every reader made room for Kya Clark in their hearts and now we will get the opportunity to see her brought to life later in the year, a very exciting prospect.

Another heartbreaker, Where The Crawdads Sing is a haunting and very atmospheric tale about society’s fear of the unfamiliar, a murder-mystery and a love-story all inter-woven into a very engaging and impressive debut.

(c) Mairéad Hearne (Swirl and Thread)

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