Today I bring one big novel to start things up. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This novel has been in the top of The New York Times Best Sellers of 2019 for an incredible amount of time now. It is also on the top of other Big Books lists such as The Amazon Best Sellers 2019 and it has reached 1.5 million copies sold by March 2019 (I am writing this on September 2019, I do not want to know the updated number…)
It is no doubt that Delia has done an incredible job. Without further ado, let me introduce you to this magnificent novel.
Introduction to the Story
The story of this novel elapses in two different timelines that merge little by little. The first story timeline takes place in the swamp of North Carolina from 1952 to 1969 and tells the story of a young woman called Kya growing up in isolation in that dreadful location. Meanwhile, the other timeline keeps an eye on a murder investigation of a local celebrity of a fictional coastal town in North Carolina, Chase Andrews.
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Kya, The Marsh Girl
Catherine “Kya” Danielle Clark, was a young woman who had a humble and difficult life. In 1952, her mother abandoned her and her family, then in the following years, multiple of her siblings also left her because of their father’s physical and drinking abuse.
Once she was with Pa alone, she had to put herself together and keep everything running now that none of the family members were there to help with anything. Unable to write or read, Kya depended on painting with her mother’s old watercolors the birds or shores where she found the items. Then, one day, a letter was in the mailbox. Kya identified the letter was from her mother but she didn’t know how to read, so she left it on the table for Pa to read.
When her father read the letter, she got extremely furious and burned almost all of her mother’s clothes that were left on the wardrobe. He then began to drink and gamble again until one day he left to gamble and never came back. Kya assuming he was dead, she was the last family member in that house, she now was all by herself.
Without money and family, she had to learn self-reliance, gardening and trading fresh mussels and fish for money and gas from a back man who owned a gas shop for boats, Jumpin’. They became great friends, even with her wife, Mabel.
As Kya grew, she faced many problems from the people in Barkley Cove, who laughed at and despised her. However, she became friends with Tate Walker, an old friend of Jodie’s, who used to fish in the marsh. One day, Kya got lost and couldn’t have gotten home if it wasn’t for Tate that lead her home in his boat. Years later, their relationship improved a lot until Tate had to leave for college. At that time, he realized she couldn’t live in the civilized world he belonged because how wild and independent Kya was, leaving her without saying anything.
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The Death Beneath the Fire Tower
Years later, in 1965, Chase Andrews, Barkley Cove’s star quarterback and playboy, welcomes Kya to a cookout, during which he attempts to engage in sexual relations with her. He later apologizes, and the two structure a sentimental relationship. He shows her an abandoned fire tower, and she gives him a necklace of a shell he discovered during their excursion, hung on rawhide. Regardless of her doubts, she trusts Chase’s guarantees of marriage and culminates their relationship in a shoddy motel room. In the wake of looking for food supplies one day, she peruses in the paper of his commitment to another woman and understands that his guarantees of marriage were a trick for sex. She then cut off their relationship.
Tate, having finished college, visits Kya and is dazzled by her extended collection. He encourages her to distribute a reference book on seashells, and she does as such under her complete name. Jodie likewise returns throughout her life, communicating lament that he disregarded her and breaking the updates on their mom’s demise two years earlier. Kya excuses her mom for leaving, yet at the same time can’t comprehend why she stayed away forever.
Kya is offered an opportunity to meet her distributor in Greenville, North Carolina. While she is away, Chase is discovered dead underneath the flame tower. The sheriff, Ed, trusts it to be a homicide based on there being no tracks or fingerprints, including Chase’s, around the pinnacle. Ed talks with two or three residents and gets conflicting proclamations. The shell accessory that Kya provided for Chase was missing when his body was found, despite the fact that he wore it the prior night. Kya was seen leaving Barkley Cove before the homicide, at that point restoring the following day, but at the same time was seen speeding her pontoon toward the pinnacle the night Chase kicked the bucket. There were additionally red fleece filaments on Chase’s coat that had a place with a cap of Kya’s. Persuaded she is the offender, Ed traps Kya close to Jumpin’s wharf and locks her up in a correctional facility for two months.
At Kya’s preliminary, opposing declarations are given. Kya’s attorney, Tom, exposes indicting contentions on the premise that there is no solid proof to convict Kya. The jury discovers her not liable. Kya returns home and accommodates with Tate. They live respectively until Kya, at age 64, passes away gently in her pontoon. Tate finds a shrouded box of her old things and understands that Kya composed lyrics as Amanda Hamilton, the artist as often as possible cited all through the book. Tate likewise finds, underneath the ballads, the shell jewelry Chase wore until he kicked the bucket.