Where the Crawdads Sing
By Delia Owens
When I got the message that my copy of “Where the Crawdads Sing” was available to download from the public library late last night, I knew I should just ignore it until morning.
But, I really wanted to read a little of it. I’d picked the book up at the bookstore this weekend to thumb through, and the first chapter and immediately caught my interest. I wanted to read more about 6 year old Kya going to school for the first time, eager to learn what comes after 29. “Just one chapter,” I promised myself. “Then I’ll go to sleep.”
It was nearer to 2 than 1 when I put my e-reader down, and for the next couple hours, my brain was so busy with thoughts that I couldn’t sleep, even though I tried. Finally, I drifted to sleep around 4:30.
This morning, I woke, late enough to feel mostly rested. In between working on projects I continued to read for the rest of the day, until I finally finished up the last page, looking at the clock to see it was already 4 in the afternoon.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that I couldn’t put down. I love books like that, it just seems like there are fewer that capture my imagination so completely that I want to stay lost in the book for a little while.
I’m sure it helped that Delia Owens wrote about the swamps and marshes of coastal NC, my home state, and talked of traveling to Asheville. But even more, it was the poetry of her words. Consider this, the opening paragraph:
Marsh is not swamp. Marsh is a space of light, where grass grows in water, and water flows into the sky. Slow-moving creeks wander, carrying the orb of the sun with them to the sea, and long-legged birds lift with unexpected grace—as though not built to fly—against the roar of a thousand snow geese.Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
I’m reminded of when I first read “The Hobbit,” and then reread it because the lines were woven together so beautifully that I needed to go through the book and save passages so I wouldn’t forget them. I think I will be doing the same with this book.