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MsAmerica Fri 27-Dec-19 22:15:57

In case anyone is interested:

The Long Tail of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’
By Alexandra Alter

In the summer of 2018, Putnam published an unusual debut novel by a retired wildlife biologist named Delia Owens. The book, which had an odd title and didn’t fit neatly into any genre, hardly seemed destined to be a blockbuster, so Putnam printed about 28,000 copies.

It wasn’t nearly enough.

A year and a half later, the novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” an absorbing, atmospheric tale about a lonely girl’s coming-of-age in the marshes of North Carolina, has sold more than four and a half million copies. It’s an astonishing trajectory for any debut novelist, much less for a reclusive, 70-year-old scientist, whose previous published works chronicled the decades she spent in the deserts and valleys of Botswana and Zambia, where she studied hyenas, lions and elephants.

As the end of 2019 approaches, “Crawdads” has sold more print copies than any other adult title this year — fiction or nonfiction — according to NPD BookScan, blowing away the combined print sales of new novels by John Grisham, Margaret Atwood and Stephen King. Putnam has returned to the printers nearly 40 times to feed a seemingly bottomless demand for the book. Foreign rights have sold in 41 countries.

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bungleZippy12 Fri 03-Jan-20 16:02:56

I loved this book!

Trinia Fri 03-Jan-20 22:29:58

I’m reading it right now, almost finished it, and absolutely love it!

MorrisZapp Fri 03-Jan-20 22:32:11

I liked it too.

mildlymiffed Fri 03-Jan-20 22:38:07

Agree- one of my all time favourite novels.

tripfiction Wed 08-Jan-20 10:23:19

I bet Where The Crawdads Sing will be a future classic!

Portulaca Wed 08-Jan-20 10:43:46

I bought a copy of this a couple of days ago. BookTubers have been reading and recommending it for a while too. Looks really good. Can't wait to get started reading it.

InOtterNews Wed 08-Jan-20 14:06:31

I also loved this book

fishonabicycle Wed 08-Jan-20 17:35:46

I thought is was a bit of a let down 😳 really far fetched and silly.

IndigoApple Mon 27-Jan-20 22:16:55

@fishonabicycle I've just finished this and I agree with you!

Effiedg Sat 01-Feb-20 21:25:31

Loved it. I love novels set in small town America and that includes Peyton Place!

shuuush Sat 01-Feb-20 21:49:54

Loved it

Peridot1 Sat 01-Feb-20 22:00:36

Loved it. Read it last summer and still think about it.

It’s a novel so I’m not expecting it to be true to life so far fetched is fine with me.

Handsnotwands Sat 01-Feb-20 22:10:22

I read this fascinating article about the author’s early life a real eye opener

Nikki360 Sun 02-Feb-20 01:35:14

Absolutely loved this book it was beautiful.

fishonabicycle Sun 02-Feb-20 16:11:37

@indigoapple - I had it for my book club and we were all in agreement about it (which is quite unusual!).

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