Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Wow. To begin with I will just say again, wow. This book surprised and intrigued me, not with its storyline or creative plot, not with inventive world-building, but with its sheer force of will, with its language and its comprehensive reaching.
The best descriptor I can think of for this novella, is that, at its core, this book is a eulogy to mourning, to grief. A disruptive and broken poetics dictates the pace as language, embodying mourning, confronts the paradoxes and gritty realities inherent in grief.
Max Porter delivers a varied exploration of reaction—visceral and complex—to loss in the form of a delusion, a coping mechanism, a crow, a thing with feathers. In short, this wonderfully written, uniquely conceived novella is a many-faceted reflection on human response to grief.
Nominated for Guardian First Book Award Longlist (2015)
Published September 17th 2015 by Faber & Faber (First published August 24th 2015)