Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A young girl, Kya, finds herself abandoned, living alone in a shack in the marsh near a small town along the coast of North Carolina. She scrabbles out a way to feed herself and keep living. The book covers her story over several years. She becomes a marsh expert and intimately knows its flora and fauna. She is very observant of the natural rhythm of the marsh.
Kya is very independent and skittish around other people. She has a few relationships, but is reluctant to trust anyone as they "always leave." A death occurs, there is some question about its nature, a bit of a surprise at the end reveals what happened and resolves any remaining questions.
The main things I took from the story were (1) the strong need humans have for social interaction, and (2)the beauty in nature that surrounds us but most of us don't even see. I am not among the throngs who love this story. It enjoyed it; it was entertaining. I don't consider it a gem, but it was a good read.