Book of the Year
Where the Crawdads Sing
'Our booksellers have voted – we love Where the Crawdads Sing! This unique tale about solitude, vulnerability and friendship set in the marshlands of North Carolina has really captured our imaginations. Delia Owens’ nature writing is divine and she also weaves in elements of a crime thriller, which means it appeals to so many readers. We hope this means that many more people will discover this gem of a book in Australia. It deserves the bestseller status here that it has been enjoying in the United States. What a worthy winner!'
Kate Mayor - Dymocks National Category Manager
A message from the author, Delia Owens
Hello Australia! I am so excited and grateful that Dymocks has chosen Where the Crawdads Sing as the Dymocks 2019 Book Of The Year! This was a totally unexpected and thrilling surprise for me.
Nature plays a crucial character in my novel, so perhaps this is one reason it is has resonated with readers in Australia. My book is also about loneliness, and how much we can draw on inner strength to overcome the darker times of our lives. From what I know about Australia, this is a theme you hold close to your hearts.
Thank you for this great honor. I hope to come over and meet you someday!
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl.
But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand.
Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Praise for Where the Crawdads Sing
'I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!'
'A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature . . . Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders-and dangers-of her private world.'
The New York Times Book Review
'For a debut the prose is impressively accomplished . . . A Hollywood film seems inevitable. Yet it will be hard to match on screen the delicacy of Owens' exploration of the natural world. Kya and her magical little world are a rare achievement.'