Kya, the marsh girl is abandoned as a child by her family. She must learn to live off the land and deal with the townspeople while hiding the fact she is alone. She loves nature but longs for human companionship. She falls for the the hometown hero only to be betrayed and then put on trial for his murder. Did she or didn’t she? You’ll have to read to find out and learn if she found her soulmate.
As a mother, a grandmother, and educator of 26 years I can’t imagine what would cause a mother to leave her child, to just walk away. Where the Crawdad’s Sing jerked on my heart strings. I experienced the whole gamut of emotions. I cried; I laughed; I got angry. I was encouraged and inspired by Kya. This story of a young child who has to raise herself and becomes a strong independent and successful woman. It is what each of us hopes we are capable of doing in the worst circumstances.
It is one of my Top 5 favorite books of all time, and at 61, I’ve read a lot of books.