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Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

This week, Olivia Hutchings and James Gurbutt from Corsair recommend their literary hit:

For years, rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand.

This breathtaking book was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been #1 Audible audio in the UK, and Reese Witherspoon, who we all know has taste, picked it for her book club. With the compelling drive of To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of a mysterious death.

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