Grief is the Thing with Feathers Archive

Birds and the Conjuring of Grief

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There is no better depiction of the way grief perches in the heart than recent books by Helen MacDonald and Max Porter.

Frontload the Strangeness: On Mark Slouka’s “Dog”

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It seems that every book I’ve read recently has a talking animal in it. A new favorite is Max Porter’s novel, which begins with a protagonist opening the door to find a life-sized crow on his doorstep. The bird picks the man up, cradles him in his wings.