You probably recognize this book seeing as it’s been sitting atop The New York Times best seller’s list for the past 8 bajillion years. I was hesitant to read it at first—after all the coverage and praise it’s received, I didn’t want to be disappointed.
To say I was wrong would be an understatement.
Where the Crawdads Sing is one of those rare books that makes you bawl consistently through the entirety of the book. It tells the heartbreakingly unbelievable tale of Kya, who is just seven years old when her mother (and then her entire family) leave her to fend for herself in the marshes of North Carolina. Living in isolation for the most formative years of her life, Kya adapts to her surroundings and learns to depend only on herself and the land she lives on. Without giving away too much, I will say that it’s not even the ending that’s the most tragic part—rather, it’s her entire journey.