Over 4 million copies sold
A choice of book club Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine
“I can’t even express how much I love this book! I didn’t want this story to end!” – Reese Witherspoon
“Painfully beautiful.” –New York Times book review
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the coast of North Carolina. So, in late 1969, when the handsome Chase Andrews was found dead, the locals immediately suspected Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she survived alone for years in the swamp she calls home, finding friends in gulls and lessons in the sand. Then comes the moment when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from the city become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens up a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
Where the toads sing is both an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking story of transition to adulthood and a surprising story of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we have been, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
A better Amazon book from August 2018: Although this is Delia Owens’ first novel, it has long distinguished itself as a gifted writer. In the mid-80s, Owens co-wrote with her husband Kalahari cry, which was a successful non-fiction account of travel and research on the Kalahari Desert in Africa. One of the joys of this book was Owens’ description of the natural world, and Where the toads sing is also immersed in the natural world. The story takes place in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, originally from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature, but the attraction of others, and in particular of love, puts her in contact with the world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on different levels. There is a great nature that writes; there is maturity; and there is literature. crawdads = crayfish is a story told with love, which takes its time to develop its characters and its setting, and to develop the story. You’ll also want to relax and take your time, and when you’re done, you’ll want to talk about it with another reader. – Chris Schluep, Amazon book reviewer
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