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Grief is the thing with feathers : a novel /

by Porter, Max [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016]Description: 114 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 1555977413; 9781555977412.Subject(s): Grief -- Fiction | Bereavement -- Fiction | Motherless families -- Fiction | Mothers -- Death -- Fiction | Fathers and sons -- Fiction | Widowers -- Fiction | London (England) -- FictionSummary: 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.-- Source other than the Library of Congress.Other editions: Reproduction of (manifestation):: Porter, Max. Grief is the thing with feathers
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<p>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 apartment 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.</p> <p>In this moment of violent despair they are visited by Crow--antagonist, trickster, goad, protector, therapist, and babysitter. 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 poetTed Hughes; the boys get on with it, grow up.</p> <p>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.</p>

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.-- Source other than the Library of Congress.

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In the opening chapter of this forthright and moving first novel from the author of Good Indian Girls: Stories, Deep Singh calls himself a lost boy. Living with his Indian immigrant parents in a conservative California town during the Reagan era, Deep has more on his plate than ordinary adolescent anguish, wrestling with both prejudice and family tension as he seeks escape through love of an older, married women named Lily. But his passion backfires; Lily herself is conflicted by her Chinese American heritage, and Deep is eventually blamed by his mother for a tragedy involving his mute brother. Yet the seeds of redemption are there. VERDICT Swift, dense, and touching; for most readers. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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