Description Winner of the 2016 Dylan Thomas 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 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.
Grief is the Thing with Feathers - Staff Choice by Karin A weird, literary gem about grief that you’ll love or you’ll hate. A father and his two young sons battle with the grief demons and are ‘protected’ by a black crow. It is not like anthing else I have ever read. It is not for everyone but if you love language and know loss, read this novella.