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The Guardian: A Lush Debut
This lush debut about an isolated girl who finds education and solace in nature is already a US bestseller.… Though set in the 1950s and 60s, Where the Crawdads Sing is, in its treatment of racial and social division and the fragile complex-ities of nature, obviously relevant to contemporary politics and ecology. But these themes will reach a huge audience though the writer’s old-fashioned talents for compelling character, plotting and landscape description.
— Mark Lawson, The Guardian

CRAWDADS landed in the UK with a great review in the Guardian. Thank you and welcome to UK readers!

Mark Lawson, “Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens review,”  The Guardian, January 12, 2019.
ReviewsLaura Trippi
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A beautifully executed tale
The title of Delia Owens’ debut novel, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing,’ refers to a place ‘far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like critters.’ Indeed, the untamed North Carolina marshland setting is not merely a backdrop for the remarkable story that unfolds, but it shares center stage with the unforgettable protagonist, Kya.

The beautifully executed tale offers a reminder that despite all of society’s material trappings, humans ultimately mimic the survivalist and carnal behavior of animals. Owens paints such a vivid picture of life on the periphery of civilization’s reach that the reader will undoubtedly gain a newfound appreciation for the marsh, an environment ‘where grass grows in water, and water flows into the sky.’
Becca J. G. Godwin, “‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ pits natural beauty vs. human ugliness in a Carolina marsh living,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 29, 2018.
ReviewsLaura Trippi
NY Times: A Painfully Beautiful First Novel
The wildlife scientist Delia Owens has found her voice in WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature. The [co-author] … of three books about southern Africa, 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.
— Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

I'm so honored by the reviews CRAWDADS is receiving, especially this from the The New York Times!

Marilyn Stasio, "From a Marsh to a Mountain, Crime Fiction Heads Outdoors," The New York Times, August 17, 2018.
ReviewsLaura Trippi