Max Porter has written a slim masterpiece about loss and love in a unique and stunning way. GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS is the story of a man and his two children dealing with the sudden death of the children's mother. It's devastating and hilarious and smart, and it's carried by a bird who happens to be the best character I've met in a long time. I love this novel told through poetry, its dark comedy, animal voice, and its universal commentary on the human heart.
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