Have you read the new book, Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens?
Here’s some of what Amazon has to say about it:
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
I am in the midst of enjoying it now.
The interesting title is taken from this passage:
It is hard to imagine a life of such isolation. And the thought of her hiding away out in the wild because the “townspeople” are so cruel to her. The author does an incredible job of describing the beauty of nature – and also the ache of loneliness felt by this precious child who has been alone for so long.
At one point Kya is finally learning to read at age 15, and we read this:
I want to find and use those words that hold so much. Words that speak to the heart.
Gentle words bring life and health… Proverbs 15:4