Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, is Max Porter’s astonishing debut novel, which was shortlisted for the Guardian first book award in 2015.The book opens on a desolate scene. In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden and inexplicable death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.
In this moment of despair and seemingly impossible recovery they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described 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.
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