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Old 12-27-2019, 08:37 PM
 
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This book wasn't even on my radar. Are you all aware of it?


The Long Tail of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’
In the summer of 2018, Putnam published an unusual debut novel by a retired wildlife biologist named Delia Owens. The book, which had an odd title and didn’t fit neatly into any genre, hardly seemed destined to be a blockbuster, so Putnam printed about 28,000 copies. It wasn’t nearly enough.
A year and a half later, the novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” an absorbing, atmospheric tale about a lonely girl’s coming-of-age in the marshes of North Carolina, has sold more than four and a half million copies. It’s an astonishing trajectory for any debut novelist, much less for a reclusive, 70-year-old scientist, whose previous published works chronicled the decades she spent in the deserts and valleys of Botswana and Zambia, where she studied hyenas, lions and elephants.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/21/b...lia-owens.html
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Old 12-28-2019, 09:46 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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I'm sorry to say that I didn't think Where the Crawdads Sing was as good as I'd previously heard and read, so I probably wouldn't be reading anything that had to do with its author.
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Old 12-28-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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I'm sorry to say that I didn't think Where the Crawdads Sing was as good as I'd previously heard and read, so I probably wouldn't be reading anything that had to do with its author.
I might read something about the author herself, but I agree. I liked it well enough, but I do not get the immense love that so many seem to have for it. I thought it was fine, decently written, ending was satisfying enough. But not one of my favorites and not something I'd tell everyone they simply must read.
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Old 12-28-2019, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I liked it because to me the writing style was evocative and it "painted a picture" which I liked. But I like the Outer Banks and it sort of took me there.
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Old 12-28-2019, 03:04 PM
 
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I liked it because to me the writing style was evocative and it "painted a picture" which I liked. But I like the Outer Banks and it sort of took me there.
I was actually a bit irritated by some of the strange geographic references. I believe the book is in the swampy areas, near the Neuse River, in the eastern part of the state, but before the coast. Yet the book mentions people going to Asheville when they went to the big city. Well, Asheville is not at all close by. They'd go to Raleigh, more likely, if they were going to a big city, or perhaps Wilmington might have sufficed. But Asheville is on the other side of the state.
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Old 12-28-2019, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevadas (California)
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I enjoyed it, & found it very evocative of the area, of course I have never been to that state, so I have no idea how realistic it was.
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Old 12-28-2019, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I was actually a bit irritated by some of the strange geographic references. I believe the book is in the swampy areas, near the Neuse River, in the eastern part of the state, but before the coast. Yet the book mentions people going to Asheville when they went to the big city. Well, Asheville is not at all close by. They'd go to Raleigh, more likely, if they were going to a big city, or perhaps Wilmington might have sufficed. But Asheville is on the other side of the state.
Well, it is fiction so I just didn't let that sort of thing bog me down.
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Old 12-29-2019, 01:07 PM
 
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Well, it is fiction so I just didn't let that sort of thing bog me down.
But it's so easy to do some research and not make those mistakes. Those things take readers out of your story and therefore detract from it. I always admire authors who really do their research so this sort of thing doesn't happen.
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Old 12-29-2019, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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But it's so easy to do some research and not make those mistakes. Those things take readers out of your story and therefore detract from it. I always admire authors who really do their research so this sort of thing doesn't happen.
Oh well, it didn't bother me or take away from my enjoyment of the book.

I don't think the author actually ever gave a precise location of the main events, did she? I mean, the town itself is fictional. However, I do agree that the folks would have probably gone to Raleigh or Charlotte before they went to Asheville. Oh well.
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Old 12-29-2019, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Very good read.
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