Genre: Historical Fiction
Well here I am again…late to the party but jumping on the Crawdads Bandwagon because this gem deserves all the hype and then some.
This is a beautiful yet heart-breaking tale of abuse, abandonment, prejudice, friendship, love, and death. Kya, “The Marsh Girl” has nothing and no one. She’s raised herself among the seagulls and the fireflies, attended school exactly one day her entire life, and finds friends even though she’s scared to get close to anyone. To the townsfolk she’s swamp trash, but to Tate and Jumpin’ and Mabel she’s a beautiful wonder; wild and free as the creatures she shares her home with. But when the town’s Golden Boy turns up dead, Kya is at risk of losing everything she holds dear and true, because she is the number one suspect.
If you’re like me and it’s taken you forever to pick up this book, make time for it. You won’t be disappointed! It’ll rip your heart out several times, but it’s so beautifully and wonderfully written that it simply can’t be passed up.