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.
Novel Thoughts: I have but one novel thought, which I’ve broken down in further detail below.
Is this how the 1950s & 1960s really were??
So many notions in the book seemed downright archaic to me, and I had to remind myself many times that this wasn’t very long ago (many of our parents were even alive).
Overall, I was amazed at how far our country has come in just a few short years. It made me question statements like “Make America Great Again,” because in the past 100 years, America has done nothing but improve. After living in 2019 America, I could never go back to an oppressive society like this and I’m proud of the advances we've achieved. That said, our work is far from over—many battles and movements await us in the future. However, I’m confident in our great nation and the people that call it our home and have no doubt in my mind we’ll continue to keep getting even better.
Parting words: bring your tissue box.