I'm always SO pleased when I get off my high "librarian" horse and read an item that has been hanging around the Bestseller Lists forever (in this case, nearly a year), and am impressed with the writing, the plot, and just everything about a book. Certainly this is the case with 2019 novel, As The Crawdads Sing. I have a soft spot for atmospheric tales set in the American South - as this one is. Abandoned as a young child in the lush but violent Northern Carolinian coastal marsh lands, Kya Clark lives a hard scrabble but rewarding existence. The prejudice and suspicion of the town folk towards her is dense as the surrounding bog. To all but 2 young men, "Marsh Girl" is nothing more than an odd, illiterate outsider.... until an unsolved murder case seems to point directly at her. There are a couple of audacious plot twists, but by then, readers are probably too captivated to care. Author Delia Owens has penned bestsellers before, but only as a fact-driven wildlife scientist; this is her first novel. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys "novels of place", such as Kristin Hannah or even Harper Lee, and non fiction pieces such as, "Educated" and "Midnight in the garden of good and evil." Fingers crossed the movie rights go to someone who can capture all of this popular book's magic.

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