A #1 New York Times bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, called “painfully beautiful” by The New York Times Book Review, Where the Crawdads Sing has captured readers everywhere. This Gramercy Book Club will be facilitated by poet and essayist Zoe Brigley Thompson who is on the English Department faculty at The Ohio State University.
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 Karen Russell, 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.
Zoë Brigley Thompson is the author of two books of poetry. She also writes nonfiction, and is currently co-editing a guide to contemporary poetry in the UK and Ireland.The lyrical nature of Delia Owen’s novel and its grounding in the natural world aligns well with Zoe’s poetry and ecological writing. Zoe is a member of the English faculty at The Ohio State University.