Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
Winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize.
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A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 NOVEL OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize.
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.
This extraordinary debut, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth, marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new talent.
A special edition of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is available now.
Amazing and unforgettable.
Max Porter is one of my favorite writers in the world. Why? Because he‘s always asking the most important questions and then finding ways – through innovative structures and that inimitable voice –of answering those questions soulfully, with his full attention, in ways that make the world seem stranger and more dear (or more dear because stranger). He gives his readers, in other words, bursts of new vision.
‘If I were Max Porter and I had written Grief is The Thing with Feathers, I’d feel as if I never had to lift a finger, creatively, ever again, having written the perfect book.’
Dazzlingly good . . . Anyone who has ever loved someone, or lost someone, or both, will be gripped by it. It's very sad and very funny.
Brilliant . . . solid, muscular, moving, funny and clever. I can't wait to see what Max Porter does next.
One of the most surprising books this year.
A special, signed hardcover edition of Max Porter’s first novel.
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