In this startling début, Max Porter tells the story of a family pulled apart by grief. After their mother’s sudden death, two boys struggle to find solid ground and their father, scholar and romantic, imagines a future of nothing but emptiness and well-meaning visitors.
And then Crow arrives – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. The bird stays until the grieving family need him no more and as the days and weeks and months pass, they slowly begin to heal.
Before becoming a Senior Editor with Granta Books, Porter was himself a bookseller and was awarded Young Bookseller of the Year. All of which makes us incredibly excited to welcome him to the Bookshop. Grief is the Thing with Feathers expertly captures the moments of humour that can pierce even the darkest despair. Written with compassion and bravura, this debut marks the arrival of a seriously exciting new talent and promises to be one of the books of the autumn – do join us to mark the occasion on the 22nd.