Grief Is The Thing With Feathers
This moving story of a widower and his young sons becomes a profound meditation on love, loss and Ted Hughes.
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.
If you've ever read the poetry series 'Crow' by Hughes you're bound to be drawn to this. We had our attention drawn to this by the Idle Readers Book Club and are looking forward to reading it.
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.
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.