Our Bookseller says:
“Barkley Cove, NC in 1969—an unforgiving time for girls like Kya Clark. The town long since turned its back on her family, so when her family abandons her, Kya has nowhere to go but deeper into her marsh. Her solitary upbringing happens among the creatures of the swamp. Kya’s wild, elusive beauty catches the eye of two men, her first introduction to a world beyond her shack. But when one of them is found dead, Kya bears the brunt of the town’s prejudice and malice. Part coming-of-age and part murder mystery, Kya’s lonely, vibrant world is dragged to scrutiny. With otherworldly writing from Owens, nature and its secrets come alive to host Kya’s story.”
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. 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. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life—until the unthinkable happens.