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A child left alone to fend for herself in the middle of nowhere, an unsolved murder in a small North Carolina town. Delia Owens explores both in her 2018 debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing. With a highly anticipated film adaptation set to hit theaters in July, exposing the general audience to this marvelous tale is a must.

First we meet Miss Catherine Danielle Clark, nicknamed “Kya,” who lives in the swamps near the fictional seaside town of Barkley Cove, N.C. This novel is a whirlwind split between Kya’s isolated upbringing in the 1950s and ’60s and later in her life, when a former star quarterback was presumably murdered. The final chapters culminate in the two timelines merging.

To say I wept during many chapters would be an understatement. The novel’s prose and poetry combine in a divine way, giving the reader a choice to float near the top of the language or dive deep into the meaning behind it.

Josué Solís is a freshman at Capital High School. Contact him at josuehomero06@icloud.com.

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