Grief Is the Thing With Feathers

Grief Is the Thing With Feathers

Book - 2015
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In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and the pain of loss gives way to memories, the little unit of three starts to heal. In this extraordinary debut - part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief - Max Porter's compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent.
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780571323760
Characteristics: 114 pages ;,21 cm.


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Jan 12, 2018

This broke and soothed my heart in equal measure. So many relatable moments and helpful lines for grief. A very personal book. Exceptional.

Nov 01, 2017

Exceptional. I'm so grateful this found me.
Pair with the Phil Elverum (aka Mount Eerie) album A Crow Looked at Me for the full plunge

Oct 28, 2016

A delight to read despite its subject matter. The words kept alight the continuum of his verse. Cleverly written.

Sep 27, 2016

An astonishing and brilliant book. I put a hold on it after reading an early review because I like Ted Hughes' poetry and I like crows (as animals and tricksters); and I especially like writers who are not afraid to play with the novel as narrative. I think this is an amazing debut, and look forward to reading much more by Max Porter.

Bunny_Watson716 Sep 16, 2016

A haunting, beautiful read about grief. Porter's language is poetic and playful and the intrusion of the Crow on their family is a fantastic embodiment of the emotional effects of bereavement.

Sep 10, 2016

A prose poem about grief written by a Ted Hughes fan. Not maudlin. Can be read in an hour.

Aug 17, 2016

Not quite a novel, not quite short stories, not quite poetry. It is sad and funny and moving and thoughtful.

Jul 14, 2016

Loved the style of this book - lyrical and quick read. Found myself empathizing and smiling along. A triumph of a debut.

ser_library Dec 26, 2015

amazingly i laughed in places; a wonderful book

Nov 26, 2015

Beautiful. Strange.

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