Vanguard Spotlight Book of the Month: July 2020

Monthly Reads from ASU-Beebe Students, Faculty and Staff.

ASU-Beebe Employee Favorites

Each month Abington Library will feature a favorite book from a faculty, staff member, or student. They will give a brief synopsis of their chosen book.

Featured ASU-Beebe Staff Member: Charlene Chambers


About Charlene

Charlene is the Coordinator of Public Relations at ASU-Beebe.

About the Book

Charlene Chambers
Coordinator of Public Relations

My book review is on the 2018 fictional novel "Where The Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. 
This book caught my attention after seeing several facebook friends give a great review and I thought it sounded interesting. I was very glad the Abington Library had a copy of the book. 

The author, Delia Owens, did a great job in using her knowledge as a scientist and time spent in Africa to wrap in the beauty and artistry of nature. I enjoyed the style of writing as the author carefully transitioned using 'flashback' chapters to also include a murder mystery.  

Most great stories, to me, deal with conflict. This one dealt with conflicts of isolation and discrimination. The story was about the experiences of a child, Kya, growing up in the marsh lands of North Carolina coastal region during the 1950's to 1960's. 

Kya had experienced trauma and abandonment from her family, so her life naturally became sheltered in nature and wildlife, as she learned how to survive on her own. As a coming of age story, Kya later dealt with prejudices of socio-economic status as the 'Marsh Girl' in her quest to form relationships and experience love from others. 

I would love to see a movie made about the book and would recommend to others to read and find out the meaning of "Where The Crawdads Sing." 

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