There is a theme trending in my reading lately. I seem to be reading books about strong woman, coming through difficult times, then blossoming into strength and vulnerability. They are coming-of-age books; I would give them all 5 stars. Where the Crawdads Sing, set in the North CArolina swamps, tells the story of Kya who has lived alone in the swamps for years. The description of the marshlands os rich; Kya's life is described with compassion; and then there is the mystery.