Delia Owens, writer, biologist, zoologist was born in 1949 and grew up in Thomasville, GA. She lived in Africa for over 20 years studying animal behavior. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS and PhD. She is met her husband, Mark Owens in graduate school. She has three bestselling nonfiction books. Where the Crawdads Sings is her first novel and it has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year
“Just at that moment she noticed a female praying mantis stalking along a branch near her face. The insect was plucking moths with her articulated forelegs, then chewing them up, their wings still flapping in her mouth. A male mantis, head high and proud as a pony, paraded along to court her. She appeared interested, her antennae flailing about like wands. His embrace might have been tight or tender, Kya couldn’t tell, but while he probed about with his copulatory organ to fertilize her eggs, the female turned back her long, elegant neck and bit off his head. He was so busy humping, he didn’t notice. His neck stump waved about as he continued his business, and she nibbled on his thorax, and then his wings. Finally, his last foreleg protruded from her mouth as his headless, heartless lower body copulated in perfect rhyme.
Female fireflies draw in strange males with dishonest signals and eat them; mantis females devour their own mates. Female insects, Kya thought, know how to deal with their lovers.”
Madam, a musical about Haycraft's final days, as various men attempt to snooker her out of her wealth. Fly North Theatricals presents the local premiere of Madam. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 10 to February 2) at the .Zack Theater (3224 Locust Street; www.flynorthmusic.com). Tickets are $20.
is reading "Where the Crawdads Sing" written by Delia Owens for January book club.
Where the Crawdad’s Sing by Delia Owens is a stunningly beautiful book. I am usually disappointed in a book that gets so much attention. This book does not disappoint. I loved it. The best book I have read in the past year.
Owens’ first novel reads like poetry.
“Then within the marsh, here and there, true swamp crawls into low-lying bogs, hidden in clammy forests. Swamp water is still and dark, having swallowed the light in the muddy throat. Even night crawlers are dismal in this lair. There are sounds, of course, but compared to the marsh, the swamp is quiet because decomposition is cellular work. Life decay and reeks and returns to the rotted duff; a poignant wallow death begetting life.
On the morning of October 30, 1969, the body of Chase Andrews lay in the swamp, which would have absorbed it silently, routinely. Hiding it for good. A swamp knows all about death, and doesn’t necessarily define it as tragedy, certainly not a sin…” Exquisite!
The story revolves around Kya, a poor, uneducated “Marsh Girl” who lives in a shack near the swamp and the wild coastal marsh of North Carolina. Kya’s mother walks out on her daughter leaving her with her abusive, alcoholic father. The lost of her mother ls devastating and Kya is always looking and waiting for her. The book explores loneliness and isolation, prejudice and revenge, and romantic love and the love of nature. Oh, and it is a murder mystery, too!
Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sings