Delia Owens talks about her breakout novel, Where The Crawdads Sing. It explores isolation, connection and the healing power of Nature through the story of a young woman who lives as a hermit in a salt marsh.
Then, another novel, this time about Nature gone awry. We re-play our 2012 interview with Barbara Kingsolver about her book, Flight Behavior.
And finally, Francesca shares her story about a man who hunted healing plants in the wild regions of southern France. It’s from her memoir, Province of the Heart.
In Delia Owensâ€™ novel Where The Crawdads Sing, a young woman, Kya, lives a hermitâ€™s life in the salt marshes of North Carolina. She craves connection but the abuse and abandonment she suffered as a child keeps her away from most human contact.
It doesnâ€™t help that she is reviled and feared as â€œThe Marsh Girlâ€ by the residents of a nearby town. So Instead, Kya turns to the denizens of the natural world around her for her friends. Until, that is, a murder in the marsh casts suspicion on her.
A breakout sensation that is #1 on IndieBounds and the WAPO Best Sellers List, Where The Crawdads Sing is at once a coming of age novel, a mystery and a lyric exploration of our connection to Nature.
Delia Owens is a wildlife scientist who has studied social groups among animals like lions and elephants and the co-author of several nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. Where The Crawdads Sing is her debut novel.
Back in 2012, we spoke with celebrated fiction writer Barbara Kingsolver about her novel, Flight Behavior. Itâ€™s about what happens when a rural community in Tennessee is confronted with a bizarre phenomenon caused by global warming.
The Cure HunterÂ by Francesca Rheannon
Longtime listeners to Writers Voice may remember that Francesca has been working on a memoir about an eight-month sojourn in Provence sheÂ made in 2001-2002. It’sÂ titled Province of the Heart.
Sheâ€™s read a few stories from it over the years and hereâ€™s one more â€” “The CureÂ Hunter,” about a man who found his work and joy hunting healing plants in the wilds of southern France. The audio version is abridged. Read the more extended version here.