Where the Crawdads Sing Book Discussion Guide

Delia Owen's debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, is so wildly popular here at Lake Forest Library we can't keep it on the shelves. This is a great book for discussions, and many local book clubs have chosen it recently. If your book club wants to discuss, Where the Crawdads Sing, we created a guide for your group, complete with food and drinks to serve!

About the Book:

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.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, 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 possible murder. Owens 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.


About the Author:

Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa including Cry of the Kalahari. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in NatureThe African Journal of Ecology, and many others. She currently lives in Idaho. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel. 

For more information about Delia Owens' fascinating life story visit her website


Interviews with the Author:

Book Page Interview

Book Browse Interview

Entertainment Weekly Interview

Currently Reading Interview


Discussion Questions:

Delia Owen’s Discussion Questions

Arlene’s Book Club Discussion Questions

General Fiction Book Discussion Questions


What to Eat & Drink:

Since the setting of the book is North Carolina, try some food and drinks inspired by the region, such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp & Grits, Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ Pork, or Peach Cobbler.


Check out these Southern Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.