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Interview With Author Delia Owens

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ follows a woman who raised herself and becomes a murder suspect

AARP members can watch the Delia Owens interview. Video run time is 47 minutes.
Illustration by Michael Hoeweler (Source: Dawn Marie Tucker)


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Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, follows the mysterious Kya, the “Marsh Girl” who lives in Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the coast of North Carolina. As she grows up in the ’50s and ’60s — raising herself in an isolated, dilapidated shack outside of town — her only friends are local wildlife. Looking for love, Kya is drawn to two young men from town who have their own complicated stories. When one of them is found dead, Kya becomes a suspect, only deepening everyone’s mistrust of secrets.

When it hit shelves in 2018, Owen’s debut novel quickly became a best seller. And this July, the book’s film adaptation hits the big screen. In this prerecorded virtual Author Conversation, Owens joined The Girlfriend’s executive editor Shelley Emling to discuss her first novel and the film. 


This video is part of AARP’s Virtual Community Center, where you can find a variety of free virtual events designed for learning, self-improvement and fun.


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