Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Kya Clark only knows the cove where she was raised. She doesn’t attend school, her family rarely goes to town. Her entire life is within the marsh around her. Her knowledge of the plants and the life within her surroundings is vast, yet she knows little of society and acceptance. She is known as the wild Marsh Girl.
As she grows into a young woman her curiosity about other kids her age and the outside world she catches the attention of two very different boys, Tate and Chase. When the unthinkable happens, everyone turns towards Kya.


This is one of those books I first read a couple of years ago, March of 2019 to be exact, and somehow neglected to review it. Now that it is in the works to become a movie it hits my radar again and I pulled it off my shelf to refresh myself on the world of Kya, the marsh, her father, and her world.

I really enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing, both times. It is a book that felt different to me, outside the norm. Kya character is raw and oh so real… not caught up in prestige or pretense, her world is more about the beauty within and basic survival. I initially read this with my Book Club and we almost unanimously agreed that this book was a diamond.

I highly encourage if you have not read Crawdads to definitely give it a go. It’s a book you will continue to think about beyond the last page.

My Book Club loves to make food associated with the book and Crawdads is filled with delicious things to try. The pictures below are from our March 2019 discussion of this book. We enjoyed Mussels, Fried Fish, Cheesy Grits, Chicken “Wild Girl” Soup, with Blackberry and Blueberry Cobblers.

This is a great discussion book as well as a darn good read. I hope you enjoy this book. If you have already read it, let me know what you thought. Do you plan to see the movie?

17 thoughts on “Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  1. I read this book last year when everything shut down in March. It was recommended to me by a student who always told me she didn’t really like to read, but she loved this book. I read it very quickly. The men, and how they treated the main character as a project/possession/theirs to win was aggravating, but that was also the point. I’m curious who they’ve casted for the movie.

  2. My book club read this last month but, since I couldn’t make the meeting, I didn’t read it myself. My friend and trusted reading advisor told (ordered) me to read it anyway. Good to see a positive review – maybe that will prompt me to obey her command… 🙂

  3. Ok. I have had this book on my TBR shelf for ages and keep avoiding it. I think I am intimidated by it. But, with my new attempt to get through books I own, I’ll pull it out for March and get myself to read it!

  4. I really enjoyed this after my husband did it on audio book to check it wasn’t too much for me (I’m not good with mysteries!) and raved about it. I really enjoyed it, with a couple of reservations on how she learned so quickly but a good read and I loved the inclusiveness of it.

  5. I thought this one was just okay story wise. Felt a little unrealistic in places but I still liked it plenty. I LOVE the themed meetings you have. The food looks so good.

    1. The food was amazing Ti! Sometimes a book is so loaded with tasty goodness that it is easy to come up with food for it. I had one girl in our book club that was not overjoyed with this one – the rest of us raved. She felt it was similar to something she had recently read, for myself, I loved it because I thought it was unique.

  6. Our book club eats according to the book as well.
    I started Crawdads, but gave up on it. I live in TX, next door to Lousiana, but have no “connection”. Maybe I ought to try it again.

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