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Grief is the Thing with Feathers (2015)

by Max Porter

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Grief is the thing with feathers is a book about the loss of a mother and wife and how two brothers and their father learn how to grieve for their mother.
  LibraryPAH | May 16, 2019 |
I found this a bit hollow. The last page says the author lives with his wife and children. Is that supposed to be funny or just inadvertently ironic?

This work appeared to me to be an attempt at clever, rather than empathic. Death of a spouse and it's aftermath is not something to be played with.
  2wonderY | May 15, 2019 |
Exceptionally short, but packed. Crow comes to live with a grieving father and kids. And that's about it. Odd and moving. Oddly moving. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
a really really strong debut that confronts what is pre-rational about death and grief through the interloper/trickster figure of crow. really excited to see what porter does next. ( )
  livingtoast | Jan 23, 2019 |
I loved how sparse it was. Quick read but very affecting. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is heartrending, blackly funny, deeply resonant, a perfect summation of what it means to lose someone but still to love the world – and if it reminds publishers that the best books aren’t always the ones that can be pigeonholed or precis-ed or neatly packaged, so much the better.
added by 2wonderY | editThe Guardian, Sarah Crown (Sep 12, 2015)
 

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Max Porterprimary authorall editionscalculated
Crow, EleanorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piraccini, SilviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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That Love crow is all there is,
Is all we know of Love crow;
It is enough, the freight crow should be
Proportioned to the groove crow.
   Emily Dickinson
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For Roly
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There's a feather on my pillow.
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She was not busy dying, and there is no detritus of care, she was simply busy living, and then she was gone.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571323766, Hardcover)

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.

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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.--… (more)

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