Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

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 self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin 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.

Title:Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571323760
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  • Ilse (on Semi-Hiatus)

    You Cannot Prevent the Birds of Sorrow from Flying over Your Head, but You Can Prevent Them from Building a Nest in Your Hair – Chinese ProverbI picked this up because the title struck me like a po...

  • Ariel

    If you're looking for a book about grief that will make you sad but also not sad and will have beautiful lines and also some confusing passages but overall you'll leave it feeling like it was definite...

  • Trish

    Moving on, as a concept, is for stupid people, because any sensible person knows grief is a long-term project. This is a book about two boys and their father dealing with their mother's death. It's...

  • PorshaJo

    I read in another review 'Do we find books or do they find us?' I think it happens both ways. And this book found me. Perhaps a bit too personal here....but a recent family tragedy was just devastatin...

  • Angela M

    When I first saw this book I kept thinking about how familiar the title sounded, and then I remembered the Emily Dickens poem “Hope is a Thing With Feathers “ is what rang a bell here - hope not g...

  • Peter Boyle

    This is no ordinary book. It's part short story, part myth, part poetry, partly narrated by a massive metafictional crow. It's unlike anything I've ever read and it's absolutely wonderful.We are plung...

  • Dannii Elle

    First Read: November 2016, Rating: 5 starsSecond Read: January 2019, Rating: 5 starsHave you ever read something and thought of what an utter privilege it is that this book came into your life? I have...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Library - overdrive - ebook I’ll start with the ending ‘first’... it’s sooo beautiful- I doubt any reader could read the last page just once. I took the ‘WISE’ suggestion from another revi...

  • Sam Quixote

    A Ted Hughes scholar and his two young boys grieve over the death of their wife/mother. Enter some magical realism! A Crow appears and hangs out with the sad family as they deal with their loss. I hat...

  • Rebecca

    (Nearly 4.5) It may seem perverse to twist Emily Dickinson’s words about hope into a reflection on bereavement, but Porter’s exceptional debut does just that: tweak poetic forebears – chiefly Po...