Where the Crawdads Sing, starring Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya, was released in theaters in July 2022, and is now available to stream on Netflix.
Where the Crawdads Sing is not based on a true story about a woman who actually lived alone in the North Carolina marshes and was accused of murdering her ex-lover. Instead, “Where the Crawdads Sing” (opens in new tab) is based on Delia Owen’s novel of the same name.
Which is it: is Kya in Where the Crawdads Sing a black or white character?
Where the Crawdads Sing readers may assume that Kya is black, but because she calls herself “white trash,” we know that she and her family are white.
In Where the Crawdads Sing, how old was Kya when her father abandoned the family?
Kya’s entire family has deserted her before she even turns ten years old. Kya is abandoned by her alcoholic and violent father after her mother and siblings leave. But he begins to spend more and more time away, and by the time she is 10, he has abandoned her. Kya is now completely independent, able to provide for herself with the help of the land and the local town only when absolutely necessary.
Where the Crawdads Sing is a novel set in North Carolina during the 1950s and 1960s. It follows Kya, a young girl who is called “Marsh Girl” by the locals because she has to learn to survive on her own after her family abandons her.
Kya, who has learned to survive on her own and who is an expert on the ecosystems of the marshlands, has begun documenting her findings and drawing illustrations for her own books. However, because of her isolation, Kya becomes a prime suspect in a murder investigation when a local man is found dead.