Where the Crawdads Sing is the first book I finished in 2020. Elated to be able to cross a book off of my 2020 Book Challenge (12 books for the year). It was a stirring, satisfying read. Beautiful and haunting. Making me want to boat off into a marsh and watch toads, geese, herons, fireflies. Things I have never ever done living in this suburban-centered Southern Californian life.
“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature…. Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders – and dangers – of her private world.” (The New York Times Book Review)
Mental note: Start storyboarding ideas for children’s books w/ dark humor