Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel

By Max Porter

Here he's, husband and father, scruffy romantic, a shambolic scholar--a guy adrift within the wake of his wife's surprising, unintentional demise. And there are his sons who like him fight of their London house to stand the insufferable unhappiness that has engulfed them. the daddy imagines a way forward for well-meaning viewers and vacancy, whereas the lads wander, savage and unsupervised.

In this second of violent melancholy they're visited via Crow--antagonist, trickster, goad, protector, therapist, and babysitter. This self-described "sentimental bird," right now wild and smooth, who "finds people uninteresting other than in grief," threatens to stick with the wounded relations until eventually they now not want him. As weeks flip to months and the ache of loss lessens with the balm of thoughts, Crow's efforts are rewarded and the little unit of 3 starts to get well: Dad resumes his booklet in regards to the poet Ted Hughes; the men get on with it, develop up.

Part novella, half polyphonic fantasy, half essay on grief, Max Porter's awesome debut combines compassion and bravura kind to striking impact. jam-packed with angular wit and profound truths, Grief Is the article with Feathers is a startlingly unique and haunting debut by means of an important new talent.

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