First Line Fridays: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens @PutnamBooks @PenguinRandomCA #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

First Line Friday is hosted by Hoarding Books. Where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

Our First Line Friday is for a Traveling Friends Group read that we are currently reading and it opens up to describing what a marsh is.  So I have added the first paragraph to give you an idea of how descriptively beautiful the writing is.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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.

Goodreads Summary

Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open.

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Have you read this one? Want to read it? Please add your first line to a book you have started or going to start. We would love to hear from you!!!

11 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens @PutnamBooks @PenguinRandomCA #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers”

  1. Interesting first line, not what I was expecting for this book based on its description. It is one I want to read though.

    I have started listening to Sweet Haven by Shirlee McCoy,

    “The dress wouldn’t zip.”

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    1. Oh, I like that opening line to your book, Carla!

      I am @31% and I am really enjoying Where the Crawdads Sing and absolutely loving the writing! I found the first line interesting as well but then as you read on it becomes a little clearer how the marsh plays into the story. 🙂

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    1. So glad to hear that you loved this book, Marialyce! I have almost reached first goal and I am loving what I have read so far! So good!


    1. Oh I am so happy that we introduced you to this book, Rose and you are so very welcome! I have almost reached first goal and should get there tonight. I am loving the book! 🙂


  2. This sounds so beautiful and peaceful in the introduction. I love the nature in the story, I’m worried it might take me into a dark room I would rather not go. I’ll wait to see if Brenda says its safe 😉

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