We are so glad movies are in full swing again. Peyton and I have been enjoying this summer’s movies immensely. Earlier this week we had the pleasure of seeing a screener for Where the Crawdads Sing. This movie, Where the Crawdads Sing, is based on the novel Where the Crawdads Sing written by Delia Owens.
So how did it go from being a book to a movie? And it’s a first-time author too! Well, I have the backstory and I’m going to share it with you all. Back in 2018, Delia Owens published her first fiction book at age 70. Can you believe it? At age 70, Delia Owens stepped out of her comfort zone and published a book! Then shortly after Where the Crawdads Sing was published Reese Witherspoon decided to add it to her book club lineup. September 2018, Where the Crawdads Sing was the book of the month in Reese Witherspoon’s book club. And from there it took off like wildfire!
Fast forward a few years and now we have the movie Where the Crawdads Sing. I will confess, that I have not read the book, yet. I do plan on reading the book, I’ve purchased it and it’s currently on my coffee table. It’s just been a busy summer! But after seeing the movie I am clearing some time in my schedule to start reading Where the Crawdads Sing immediately.
Where the Crawdads Sing is set in the 1960s and spans over the life of Kya Clark. I believe the first scene is set in the early 60s, we meet Kya as a young girl living with her family in the marsh. Over the next few years, we see the family unit fracture and splinter apart. First with mom leaving and then slowly the children leave over the next year. And then finally the dad abandons young Kya leaving her to fend for herself in the marsh. We watch young Kya grow up over the years, learn how to support herself by fishing, and is befriended by the husband and wife that runs the local store. Then one day, teenage Kya meets Chase Andrews. Kya and Chase have a somewhat brief relationship that ends abruptly when Kya finds out Chase has a fiance. This is at a time when Kya’s life is really starting to take off too. She’s getting ready to publish her first book on the North Carolina marsh until some young boys find Chase Andrew’s body while out on a bike ride in the marsh. The whole town assumes Kya is guilty.
We watch as Kya is put on trial for the murder of Chase Andrews. We see how the town has never accepted her or been kind to her or even gotten to know her yet they believe she is capable of murder.
I’m not going to tell you the outcome of the trial or what becomes of Kya and her dreams of becoming a published author. You’ll have to go see the movie to find out. But I can share this, the last 10-15 minutes of the movie is going to have you second guessing everything you thought throughout the movie.
Where the Crawdads Sing is a movie worth seeing this summer. It is rated PG-13 and I would suggest keeping it to that age group. There are some tough scenes for young children to process plus the storyline is more of a mystery mixed in with a love story mixed with a who murdered Chase Andrew vibe. So not really something your young child is going to be interested in. I highly recommend making a date and seeing Where the Crawdads Sing.
Where the Crawdads Sing is now playing in theaters nationwide.