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Where the Crawdads Sing Book Club Questions

Thoughtful book club questions for Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

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Delia Owens’ debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, follows Kya Clark, a young woman abandoned at age 6 to grow up alone in the North Carolina marsh. Known to the townsfolk as "Marsh Girl," Kya avoids most people and attends school for just one day in her life.

Kya’s simple routine of hunting for mussels and listening to seagulls is disturbed when she is suspected of murdering the handsome and popular Chase Andrews. Kya’s peaceful life in the wild grows more complicated as she is brought into town to stand trial, where she must deal with the arrival of old friends and the repercussions of her unconventional childhood.



This novel is a murder mystery and coming of age novel wrapped in one, and it makes a fabulous choice for book clubs. There are so many layers to uncover, the story is compelling, and the language is reminiscent of classics like To Kill a Mockingbird.

Is your book club discussing Where the Crawdads Sing? Keep reading for book club questions that will get your group talking!



Where the Crawdads Sing Book Club Questions

The following questions contain spoilers about the ending of Where the Crawdads Sing. 

How is the North Carolina marsh setting important to the story?

Why do you think Ma and Kya’s siblings didn’t bring Kya along when they left?

What parallels/connections does the author make between nature and Kya’s life?

What is the author referring to when she writes about “life’s fundamental core”?

Discuss the necklace that Kya gave to Chase. Why do you think he never took it off?

Before reading the ending, did you believe Kya was guilty or not guilty of killing Chase?

What do you think happened the night Kya killed Chase? What emotions was Kya feeling?

What messages do you think the author was trying to send? What message is she sending about nature and nurture?

Check out Delia Owens' book club kit for Where the Crawdads Sing including more questions and even recipes from Kya's cookbook! Click here to get yours.

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