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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel

Author Max Porter
Publisher Graywolf Press
Publication Date 2016-06-07
Section All Remainders / Fiction
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781555977412.RM

Here he is husband and father scruffy romantic a shambolic scholar a man adrift in the wake of his wife s sudden accidental death And there are his two sons who like him struggle in their London apartment to face the unbearable sadness that has engulfed them The father imagines a future of well meaning visitors and emptiness while the boys wander savage and unsupervised In this moment of violent despair they are visited by Crow antagonist trickster goad protector therapist and babysitter This self described sentimental bird at once wild and tender who finds humans dull except in grief threatens to stay with the wounded family until they no longer need him As weeks turn to months and the pain of loss lessens with the balm of memories Crow s efforts are rewarded and the little unit of three begins to recover Dad resumes his book about the poet Ted Hughes the boys get on with it grow up Part novella part polyphonic fable part essay on grief Max Porter s extraordinary debut combines compassion and bravura style to dazzling effect Full of angular wit and profound truths Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is a startlingly original and haunting debut by a significant new talent

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