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Grief is the thing with feathers : a novel

Author: Max Porter
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here he is, husband and father, scruffy romantic, a shambolic scholar - a man adrift in the wake of his wife's sudden, accidental death. And there are his two sons, who, like him, struggle in their London flat to face the unbearable sadness that has engulfed them. The father imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness while the boys wander, savage and unsupervised. In this moment of violent despair they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Novellas
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Porter
ISBN: 9781555977412 1555977413 9780606393607 0606393609
OCLC Number: 918995181
Notes: "First published in 2015 by Faber & Faber Ltd., London"--Title page verso.
Description: 114 pages ; 19 cm
Responsibility: Max Porter.

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Here he is, husband and father, scruffy romantic, a shambolic scholar - a man adrift in the wake of his wife's sudden, accidental death. And there are his two sons, who, like him, struggle in their London flat to face the unbearable sadness that has engulfed them. The father imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness while the boys wander, savage and unsupervised. In this moment of violent despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, goad, protector, therapist, and baby-sitter. This self-described "sentimental bird," at once wild and tender, who "finds humans dull except in grief," threatens to stay with the wounded family until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and the pain of loss lessens with the balm of memories, Crow's efforts are rewarded and the little unit of three begins to recover: Dad resumes his book about the poet Ted Hughes; the boys get on with it, grow up. Part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Max Porter's extraordinary debut combines compassion and bravura style to dazzling effect. Full of angular wit and profound truths, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is a startlingly original and haunting debut by a significant new talent. --

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