Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Publisher: GP Putnam's Sons
Pages: 379 Pages
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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. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.
This is one of those books that I've been hearing about for a while and had it on my TBR but never got around to and I have no idea why. This has to be one of the best books I've ever read. Beautifully written, sad, and poignant. I laughed, I cried and if this isn't turned into a movie I will be shocked. Owens has crafted a story of loss, love, loneliness and the strength it takes to survive.
Left on her own at 8 or 9 Kya has to learn how to survive in a world that looks down on her. Not only does she survive but thrive in a world that believes she is dim witted. Kya relies on nature as her teacher, she lives in the Marsh and it is part of who she is. From the birds that are her friends to the insects that teach her about life. Kya knows more about this world than some of the "experts". With the kindness of a few Kya survives and carves out her own place in this world.
I can't stop thinking about this book even now after I've read two other books. This one has stayed with me. If you are like me and have this somewhere waiting...stop waiting!
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