To read on a weekend, not because it's a light book, but because you won't be able to let go of it. This was the first time we read Delia Owens’ writing... And we couldn't have started better. “Where the Crawdads Sing” represents the most disadvantaged communities and demonstrates just how necessary feminism is, even today – we could not help but suggest it in the Josefinas’ Book Club.
The reality presented by Delia Owens is harsh, but the book deserves all the praise it has received. Kya was abandoned by her entire family, her innocence comes together with the haughtiness of the rich families of the city. Chapter by chapter, we are driven towards great lessons of humility. This is the story of a girl who lives in a swamp and struggles for her survival daily, she learns to read only thanks to the kindness of another child, she learns everything there is to know about the fauna and flora of her area and is ruled by the sunlight and the moon. The prejudice that surrounds her is obvious, and it is no coincidence that when one of the best-known men in the village is found dead, Kya is considered the prime suspect.
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Even if you have already heard praise for “Where the Crawdads Sing” or your expectations are high, there is no room for disappointment. This is a story that includes an innocent romance, a social critique, a crime, and even some scientific facts. And it all still works. Although it provides a slower reading at first, thanks to the more extensive descriptions, this is not at all a boring book, and the evolution of the events keeps us attentive and curious.
“Where the Crawdads Sing” has won several awards and has sky-high scores on Goodreads, and we understand why.