Where the Crawdads Sing
Why this book?
Six-year-old Kya is abandoned first by her mother, then the rest of her family, and must fend for herself in the North Carolina marshes. The instigator for this is her father's violence, most likely a reaction to his experiences in the trenches of World War 2. The 'Marsh Girl,' ostracized by the local community, lives a life closely connected to the natural world around her. This comes to an abrupt end, though, when her boyfriend is found dead at the bottom of a fire tower and she is accused of his murder. The dual narrative interweaves the timelines of Kya the child and Kya the adult to tell this story in its most meaningful way. Check out too the masterful audiobook reading by Cassandra Campbell.