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Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Grief is the Thing with Feathers | Max Porter
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 self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin 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.
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Biljana
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Finally got around to it!

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jouleian

I got this as an audiobook and bc it's written in prose I think it would be better if this one was read and not read to me. So I'm putting this one back on the shelf until I can get my hands on a copy.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Pickpick

Well, why did I leave this short book on my shelf unread for so long? Because I was afraid of its hit to my solar plexus, that‘s why. And hit it did. I think Porter conveys the heart-wrenching story of this small family creatively and well. His prose poem style is gentle until it‘s not. I was especially moved by the Dad sections, and glad to have Crow for some levity in between.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

Blaire Yes, I‘ve had this stacked for a while but have not read because not sure I can handle it. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Blaire It wasn‘t as tough as some books about death and grief that I‘ve read. Still ... 1mo
Theaelizabet Hard, but such glorious writing. 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Right after this grieving dad‘s feelings gut me, the author adds a groan-y quirky laugh. The idea that missing someone is physical is how I‘ve experienced it as well. The fridge magnet, not so much.

#griefisathingwithfeathers #maxporter

IamIamIam What a powerful line... "how physical my missing is"... wow, a great statement. 2mo
CouronneDhiver ❤️ aww, I can understand that sentiment 2mo
Caterina This book is so beautiful and heart-wrenching. ❤️😭 Made me think a lot of my nine cousins and two uncles who lost their mothers young. 💔 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam It is, isn‘t it? 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Caterina Yes, it changes everything about the rest of life. 💔 2mo
heikemarie I didn‘t love this book when I read it - but perhaps I should revisit it after I‘ve experienced the tremendous loss he‘s grappling with. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @heikemarie I think it means more to me because I have lost someone close to me in an accidental death. But it‘s such an odd book. Still trying to formulate my review. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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After spending May primarily reading two books—one super long, one super deep—I‘m officially reading all the short books I can grab from my shelves. Already finished the King on the top of the pile. Planning to read Binti: Home on Kindle also. (The Atwood and Johnson aren‘t super short, but I‘m breaking my own rules here.)

Apologies to everyone who follows my blog. I‘ll be piling on the reviews accordingly.

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Debblyliz
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A short read which flicks quickly from the differing perspectives of grieving father, his children and the crow. Evocative language capturing the different stages of grief and healing. A sad but also uplifting book.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome! I‘m just writing my review of this book. It‘s so unique and poignant. 2mo
Debblyliz Hello and thanks, I found the book to be both different and thought provoking. 1mo
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Bookbroad
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My first post and always a bit nervous to give my view on books for fear of sounding stoopid. But...absolutely loves this, I‘ve never read anything like it as a novel, more poetry in places than prose. Parts of it were way over my head but the bits I did get were so moving and relatable. Highly recommend

suzie.reads Don't be nervous everyone has different views etc 3mo
sprainedbrain I loved this book! Don‘t be afraid to post anything... litsy is for everyone! 😃 3mo
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Stephkesey
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Pickpick

A gorgeous read on a snowy Sunday morning. The point of view hops around from Dad, Boys, and Crow after a family loses their wife/mum and this strange, funny, flippant, dark bird that is their Loss/Mum/Memories/Grief/Hope flaps into their lives to usher in these painful, beautiful truths: that she is both gone and that she will never leave them. The last page was a gut punch of love and missing. Poetic, spare, fast, uncapturable.

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rmaclean4
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Hold on to your hats!! January 2019 was a great reading month: here is a general overview (continued in comments).
have read more this month than ever before, thanks to two read-a-thons (Boutabook and 24in48) 14 in total.

3 5 star reads that I can recommend without hesitation are :
Normal People: Sally Rooney 5 🌟
Grief is the Thing with Feathers: Max Porter 5 🌟
The Cut Out Girl: Bert van Es 5 (winner of the Costa Award) 5 🌟

rmaclean4 3 Nonfiction:

American Prisons: Shane Bauer 3.5

What you are Getting Wrong About Appalachia: Elizabeth Catte 3.5

I‘d Rather Be Reading: Anne Bogel 3.5

The Library Book: Susan Orlean 4

2 Classics:

The Picture of Dorian Gray: Oscar Wilde 4

The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman 3.5

2 Fantasy/ Si/FI:

The Killing Moon: N. K. Jemisin 4

The Shadowed Sun: N.K. Jemisin 4

1 Contemporary:

History of Wolves: Emily Fridlund 3.5

1 Graphic:

Book Love: Debbie Tung 4

I would love to talk with you about any of these that you have read or would like to read!

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's fantastic!! 6mo
BarbaraBB Great stats! Grief and Conversations were five star reads for me too 💕 6mo
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rmaclean4
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Pickpick

May be the best book I will read this year. A gorgeous howl of grief. Poetic but accessable. Flawless voice performance on Scribd. All the 🌟's

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rmaclean4
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Next for my #boutabook readathon! Also listening to this on Scribd as I do chores. The voice actor is amazing and I am all in for this novella. I will have to buy the physical book of this. Loving it!!

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youneverarrived
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My nana sadly passed away Dec 4th. She was full of laughs, great conversation and love. I feel so lucky and blessed to have been her granddaughter. Every Saturday when I was young me, my brother and my cousin would sleep at her house and we genuinely had the best times. So many lovely and funny memories I will always remember. I just wanted to share this here as a little remembrance to her as it‘s our first Christmas without her ♥️

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
AmyG I‘m so sorry. She was a beautiful woman. 7mo
valeriegeary So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing a bit of her with us today. {{hugs}} 7mo
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squirrelbrain Sorry to hear this Katie. She was beautiful and you all looked very happy together. She will know that you‘re thinking of her over Christmas ❤️ 7mo
inthegreensandblues I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she gave you a lot of great memories to cherish. 💙 7mo
DarcysMom I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing some of your memories. ❤❤❤ 7mo
Reggie Oh, I‘m so sorry. Those are lovely photos and thanks for sharing what sound like great memories. 7mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m very sorry for your loss. Grandmothers are so incredibly special. Wishing you and yours comfort and peace this Christmas. ❤️ 7mo
sprainedbrain So sorry for your loss. What beautiful memories you have to treasure! ❤️ 7mo
jhod Sending hugs 💕💕💕, she will be with you in your heart xx 7mo
vivastory I'm so sorry for your loss. This is a touching tribute. 7mo
BookwormAHN So sorry for your loss, sending hugs 💚 7mo
Birdsong28 So sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love and hugs and support 😘❤️📚📖 7mo
Tanisha_A All the peace and love to you! 7mo
Leftcoastzen Support and love to you! My grandparents were a big part of my life and have been gone a long time , but I was a better person for knowing them , I know how you feel! 7mo
andrew61 Best wishes to your family. Lovely photos. 7mo
Jas16 I am so sorry for your loss 7mo
JoScho Sending love 🖤 7mo
DGRachel {{hugs}} 7mo
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. 🖤🖤 7mo
BarbaraBB Beautiful pictures. Wishing you strength 💕 7mo
RachelO I‘m so sorry Katie. Such beautiful pictures. Much love to you and your family 💕 7mo
CarolynM I'm sorry for your loss. Loving grandparents are such a gift. It is 18 years since I lost the last one of mine and I still think of them often. We are lucky to have had them and to have so many beautiful memories ❤️ 7mo
Trashcanman May the memories of the time you shared bring you solace in this difficult time. ❤️ 7mo
batsy I'm so sorry for your loss ❤️ 7mo
readordierachel I'm so sorry. Glad you have all those good memories ❤ 7mo
Redwritinghood 💕💕 7mo
quietjenn I'm sorry for your lost. Lots of love to you and your family. 7mo
youneverarrived @Librarybelle @AmyG @valeriegeary @squirrelbrain @inthegreensandblues @DarcysMom @Reggie @MicheleinPhilly @sprainedbrain @jhod @vivastory thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts ❤️ she is a massive loss in our family but so thankful to have the memories we have. 7mo
youneverarrived @BookwormAHN @Birdsong28 @Tanisha_A @Leftcoastzen @andrew61 @Jas16 @JoScho @DGRachel @JessClark78 @BarbaraBB @RachelO @CarolynM @Trashcanman @batsy @readordierachel @Redwritinghood @quietjenn thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts ❤️ she is a massive loss in our family but so thankful to have the memories we have. 7mo
DivineDiana How fortunate to have such a loving grandmother! Sending condolences to you and your family. 💗 7mo
youneverarrived @DivineDiana thank you ❤️ 7mo
Pricel101 Sincere condolences to you and your family my dear bookfriend 🙏 7mo
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jenniferw88
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Day 16 of #adventrecommends is this book @emilyrose_x

Pricel101 Adding this to my reading stack! 📚 7mo
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britt_brooke
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🗣 Littens! Please See @Laylafinn ‘s post above. Her sweet girl is suffering a great loss and she‘d love book suggestions about grief appropriate for a 12 year old. 💔 She‘d also love it if we could send sweet Layla a Christmas card to help brighten her season. I know we can flood her with kindness. Who‘s in?? Please see the original post - or if you respond here, please tag @Laylafinn so Nicolette can see it. THANK YOU!!

whatsthEStorey Thanks for sharing! 💚 8mo
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MicheleinPhilly I‘m in! Thank you for sharing! ❤️ 8mo
JoScho Yes! I already got her address to send a card. I can‘t imagine her pain at such a young age. 8mo
Reviewsbylola ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
britt_brooke @BooksTeasAndBookishThings You‘re the best - thank you! 8mo
britt_brooke @whatsthEStorey 💚💚💚 8mo
britt_brooke @MicheleinPhilly Thanks, Michele!! 💚 8mo
britt_brooke @JoScho 💚💚💚 8mo
britt_brooke @Tonton Thanks!! 💚 Check out the link @tonton posted above @Laylafinn (edited) 8mo
KirstieE All done 🤗 8mo
britt_brooke @KirstieE Thank you! 8mo
plemmdog I still remember A Taste of Blackberries from my childhood. It looks like it still gets high rankings on Goodreads 7mo
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Victoria_Clyne
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This is the story of a family surviving the death of the mother with the help of the crow. Its told from the point of view of the Dad, the boys and the crow. I loved the voices of the Dad and the Boys but didn't always get the voice of the crow. There were some very poignant moments, overall I enjoyed this novella. And I'm very excited to have finished a physical book.

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Kayla.Adriena
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I read that Cilian Murphy is set to star in the movie adaptation...therefore this book is on my TBR
Day 18 #Sorrow #SisforSeptember @CaliforniaCay

CaliforniaCay I love cillian Murphy 😍 I'm definitely intrigued! 10mo
Kayla.Adriena @CaliforniaCay Have you watched Peaky Blinders? I really liked it! Had to watch it with subtitles though 10mo
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Victoria_Clyne
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This was the book I picked up from the library. First physical book I've started in a long time. With two little ones its hard to find the time to sit with an actual book.

Joanne1 A mercifully short read at least. Hope you find time and enjoy it. 11mo
Victoria_Clyne @Joanne1 that was one of the things that attracted me to it. 11mo
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Saari84
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Mehso-so

Wie ich das Buch fand?
Schwer zu sagen!
Ich möchte den Stil, ich mochte die Thematik und trotzdem lässt das Buch mich etwas ratlos zurück.
Es hat mich berührt, hat mich unterhalten, aber irgendwie hat etwas gefehlt!
Ich denke, dass Buch wird mich noch etwas beschäftigen!

Buechersuechtling Das ist eins der wenigen Bücher, bei dem ich mich dran erinnern kann, dass ich es abgebrochen habe. Mir war das zu abstrus, ich konnte damit überhaupt nichts anfangen. ??‍♀️ 11mo
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Cinfhen
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#HeatofJuly #IllBeMissingYou this slim novella packs a powerful punch🥊 I read it last year, and even though I didn‘t fully understand all the symbolism, I understood that grief and grieving is a timely and complicated process.

BarbaraBB Good choice. I loved the rawness of this book. 12mo
Cathythoughts Perfect choice 💫💫💫on my TBR (edited) 12mo
TrishB Not read as yet. Looks interesting though. 12mo
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Kalalalatja I didn‘t get all the symbolism either, but it was so moving! 12mo
KarenUK Loved this one💕👍perfect choice... 12mo
JenP I loved it 12mo
Cinfhen Rawness is the PERFECT word choice @BarbaraBB and it was very moving @Kalalalatja JUST be prepared for tissues @TrishB 😪😪so sad @KarenUK @JenP 12mo
TrishB I don‘t think I‘ll be reading at the moment, maybe too raw, though maybe that‘s when it should be read 🤷‍♀️ I did Ted Hughes The Crow as part of my A levels so I‘m interested in reading from that perspective too! (edited) 12mo
Cinfhen I agree @TrishB now might be a sensitive time but having read & studied The Crow will probably enhance your reading experience ❤️ 12mo
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Caroline2
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@TrishB I am so sorry for what you and your family and friends are going through. I can‘t imagine how hard today must have been. Thinking of you and sending lots of love and hugs.

TrishB Thank you 💕 wasn‘t really up to social interaction last night. Very emotionally draining. 12mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I can imagine! Take care of yourself Trish. Xxx 12mo
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PagesOfKate
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Just read this super quick read and parts of it were incredibly beautiful and truly moving. The crow functions as one of the #tbirds - a trickster figure who reveals shadowy half-truths to the grieving father and his two sons.
#Juneitselectrifying
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 13mo
vkois88 Interesting 13mo
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Lacourcierela
Pickpick

Porter is a genius. This short novel reads poetic and so moved me.

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Bookwomble
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Moving on, as a concept, is for stupid people, because any sensible person knows grief is a long-term project. I refuse to rush. The pain that is thrust upon us let no man slow or speed or fix.

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Cathythoughts
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#1234GiveAway @MaleficentBookDragon Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉on your milestone! And thankyou for this giveaway & Blind date 💫💫💫💫

batsy Great picks... 3 of these books are on my epic TBR 😅 1y
Cathythoughts I think they will be good ones @batsy .... also still no sign of your package , but I‘m always watching out & I believe it will get here eventually 👍🏻❤️ 1y
batsy @Cathythoughts I think about it daily...never have I thought about an envelope this much. It reached Dublin. It's bound to get to Cork eventually (I think 😭🤞🏽) ❤️ 1y
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batsy
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Heartbroken that I'm not in Galway (why do places have to be far away??) to see Cillian Murphy in this play 💔😭

Would have been impetus to finally read the book, as well 😳

Lindy It‘s hard to imagine this book as a play. Sounds innovative. 1y
HardcoverHearts Amazing! Max Porter did a reading here in Oakland the same day as the Brexit vote was announced and it was an intense reading and conversation as he was in the midst of processing. It was one of those events that you never forget. I would love to see this performed. 1y
JessClark78 ❤️❤️ 1y
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tammysue 😍 1y
tomes4gnomes Cillian is my Imaginary Husband so this sounds amazing 🤩 1y
batsy @Lindy @HardcoverHearts Haven't read the book yet, and I really should, but the adaptation does sound innovative with an intriguing set. 1y
batsy @tomes4gnomes Mine too 😂😍 1y
batsy I'm coming to pick you up from Cork and then we're heading to Galway, @Cathythoughts !! Do we have a date 1y
Cathythoughts Just googled this ! I had no idea it was on. Yes yes yes. Call for me in Cork. There are some fine restaurants in Galway , I‘ll look after that side of things. Black box & Cillian... here come me & @batsy 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts No worries for tickets, my husband knows his father .... have I mentioned that before ... 🤔🤔🙄 1y
batsy @Cathythoughts Yes 😂 Love our plans... I knew I could count on you, Cathy 😆😘❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts Just looked at a review, apparently Galway is only recovering from the shock of its brilliance : “ Murphy is brilliant..the actor certainly deserves all the hype his name generates ...jumping , climbing, cavorting all over the stage , and off it , Murphy‘s first foray into the deeply disturbing Crow voice will stick with you long after the last curtain call ... ( we should have been there ! Better plan ahead next time ) (edited) 1y
batsy The reviews sound amazing, @Cathythoughts ! It also makes me think I should read the book soon! 1y
Cathythoughts I know. I‘m wondering will I go book or Audible.... I‘ll see. 1y
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BeckyK
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It was my boyfriend‘s birthday yesterday and I managed to get a treat for myself in there too! 😊

LeahBergen You HAD to. 😄 1y
BeckyK @LeahBergen It would have been rude not to! 😊 1y
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Kristy_K
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Panpan

I read this for one of my challenges this year though at the moment I don‘t remember which. I know a lot of people enjoyed it, but I didn‘t like it much at all.

I‘m just over 21 hours in my Readathon so it‘ll be a quick break then back to the grind!

#24in48 #readathon

robinb 👏👏👏👏👏👏Amazing! 1y
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Skeeterisme
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Pickpick

Beautiful.

Robothugs Loved this! ❤️ 2y
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KarenUK
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Definite bit of #litsyfomo this afternoon 🤦‍♀️.... I buckled and headed to the Boxing Day sale on Bookoutlet.com ..... Definitely going to have to hide the box when it arrives! 😂🤷‍♀️

TommieMarie74 You and me both. 😳 2y
JacqMac I have been resisting. But it‘s hard. 2y
emilyhaldi I couldn't resist!! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
Tex2Flo Headed there now! 2y
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Jeg
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Library book. Lots of good reviews. I‘m reading it right now. @MrsMalaprop

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JordanGraft
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Pickpick

Macabre, beautiful, poetic, humorous, gut-wrenching. This quick, short novel about a father and his two sons grieving the sudden death of their mother reads like a lyrical fable. The story begins with the arrival of Crow, a strange antagonist whose objective is to stay until he is no longer needed. It ends with some of the most beautiful lines I've ever read, that feel stunning and peaceful but also like a punch in the gut.

Aleida Did you paint this? 2y
JordanGraft @Aleida no, I would love to take credit but watercolours are the one medium that has defeated me. Found it online! 2y
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JordanGraft
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One of the simplest but most beautiful passages about grief I've read.

Jensol77 I often wonder to my spouse or myself once one of us passes. Too sad to even think about 😪 2y
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AbstractMonica
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Here's my stack for the color gray. I may have cheated a bit by tossing in a few books that are more black & white, but I tried!! 😵

Thank you @BarbaraTheBibliophage for the #bookcolortag 🐺🐘🦏⚙️🔘 #gray

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! Feel free to challenge someone else to another color. 😀 2y
DebinHawaii Pretty! 2y
Autumnator I like it👍🏽 2y
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kspenmoll Love the grays❤️ 2y
BooksForEmpathy Lovely! I will do this when I'm home in a few days! Can't wait! 2y
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emmargarn
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Pickpick

Excited to start this! Didn't realise how short a book it is though.

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Caksf
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@24in48 Mixing it up with a short one. I definitely recommend it, but be forewarned- part novel, part poetry = emotional gut punch. #24in48

HardcoverHearts Perfect description! 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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Pickpick

Read this in 2016 . "Moving on ,as a concept, is for stupid people because any sensible person knows grief is a long term project. "A poetic,strong book, all who have lost someone can appreciate how he deflects the platitudes and gathers his life with his sons and finds a way to hold on .Lovely details of how we remember a loved one and the little things that continue to break ones heart in loss.

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Caksf
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Getting ready for my first @24in48 readathon! I fully realize that this is an overambitious stack, but I figure I will start with the books on the top of my "to read" pile.

HardcoverHearts GO BIG OR GO HOME! 🎉 2y
Caksf @HardcoverHearts in this case, I'll be attempting to go big while at home! Thanks for the encouragement! Xoxo 2y
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LaurenMagoo
Pickpick

This novel is so unconventional and strange but explains grief in a way I've never seen before. This experimental work of fiction is heartbreaking and comforting at the same time.

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heikemarie
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For #CelebrityLove in the #sizzlinsummerbooks challenge, i present this book that I won during the last #24in48, and I finished last night! A big part of it, and the source of one of the main chcaracters...it's a weird book... is Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read more Ted Hughes.

NCNY Nice color coordination! 2y
heikemarie @NCNY I couldn't resist! 2y
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DoomBean
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Start of long holiday weekend. Curious how many books I can cram in. :)

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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

What a heartbreaking, daring, beautiful novel.
A father and his two young sons loose their wife/mother unexpectedly and are left devastated.
What is grief, how to deal with it? Little peeks into the lives and souls of the 'dad' and the 'boys' with and without their wife/mother show how they deal or don't with grief. The not wanting to move on, yet moving on anyhow. The last sentences. The tribute to their wife/mother. Loved it. #ToB

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kathedron
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I like ambiguous colours that make me ask "is it blue/green/grey?", colours that keep me looking. This short book is like that: is it prose/poetry/tragedy/meditation/farce? All of those. Is it pretentious? Quite possibly. Is it moving? At times, deeply so. Did I like it? ... I don't know. But I want to look again. It's intriguing.

kathedron P.S. Three pages of fulsome blurbs, in addition to scrawling them all over the cover, in a book of little more than 100 pages is overkill on Faber's part. 2y
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jhod
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#tgifgiveaway
@Liberty
Read lots of great books so far this year, undoubtedly helped by being on litsy, but my favourite has got to be this

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KarenUK
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#day10 #junebookbugs #death One of my favorites from last year... weird, poetic and moved me to tears.... 💕

merelybookish I loved this too! 2y
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kathedron
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I thought I'd give the little, local community library a try. I didn't have high hopes for it. Matson library, I owe you an apology!
This is the first book, too, that Litsy has put me on to.
#libraryhaul #libraryvisit

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jenniferw88
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All four of these books are genres I don't typically read. These are all #blameitonlitsy purchases, and they definitely belong to #takeachanceonme #melodicmay #day26

Pandareads37 I really enjoyed When Breath becomes Air (i did cry in parts though) and Hidden Fiqures 2y
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Vanessa
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Pickpick

In this inventive and strange novella/poem/what-even-is-this thing about death and grief, Porter channeled Mary Poppins or Nanny McPhee and made her a giant trickster crow intent on helping a family through their grief over the sudden loss of their mother and wife. It did not make me laugh or cry as promised by the reviews, but it is beautifully written, and I liked it.