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Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Delia Owens is an American author and wildlife scientist. She has written several nonfiction books about her work studying African elephants and other animals, but “Where the Crawdads Sing” is her first novel. The book has received widespread critical acclaim and was a New York Times bestseller.


“Where the Crawdads Sing” is a coming-of-age story set in the marshlands of North Carolina. The novel follows the life of Kya Clark, a young girl who is abandoned by her family and forced to survive on her own in the wild. Kya becomes an expert in the ways of the marsh and forms a deep connection with the natural world around her. However, her isolated existence is threatened when she is accused of murder.


“Where the Crawdads Sing” is a beautifully written and emotionally resonant novel. Owens’ prose is vivid and lyrical, and she brings the marshlands of North Carolina to life in stunning detail. The novel is both a portrait of a unique and vibrant ecosystem and a poignant meditation on the human condition.

One of the strengths of the novel is the character of Kya. She is a complex and fully realized character, and readers will be drawn to her strength, resilience, and intelligence. Kya’s story is a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity, and her struggles will resonate with readers.

Another strength of the novel is the way Owens weaves together different narrative threads. The novel is part coming-of-age story, part murder mystery, and part exploration of the natural world. However, these different elements are seamlessly integrated, and the novel never feels disjointed or jarring.

Owens’ writing is also impressive in its ability to capture the nuances of human relationships. The novel explores themes of love, loss, betrayal, and forgiveness, and Owens handles these complex emotions with grace and sensitivity.

Overall, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is a powerful and deeply affecting novel that will stay with readers long after they finish it. Owens’ debut novel marks her as a major talent in the literary world, and it is not to be missed.



Check out her book The Caribbean Family

The family is the genesis of all societies. Every culture has its distinct rules by which a family is governed, and the Caribbean family is no exception. Those rules differ within each group; for the Indians, Chinese, and Africans. Making up most of the population in the Caribbean, African families have spawned several sub-units or types; some of which are unique to the African culture. This book explores each family type and their history within the Caribbean.

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