Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
- One of The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2016
Winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
In this moment of violent despair they are visited by Crow—antagonist, trickster, goad, protector, therapist, and babysitter. This self-described “sentimental bird,” at once wild and tender, who “finds humans dull except in grief,” threatens to stay with the wounded family until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and the pain of loss lessens with the balm of memories, Crow’s efforts are rewarded and the little unit of three begins to recover: Dad resumes his book about the poet Ted Hughes; the boys get on with it, grow up.
Part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Max Porter’s extraordinary debut combines compassion and bravura style to dazzling effect. Full of angular wit and profound truths, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is a startlingly original and haunting debut by a significant new talent.
Graywolf at 45: New York Literary Soiree
Celebrate Graywolf's forty-five years of publishing history and toast to three of our literary stars
The 2019 Graywolf Literary Soirée will feature Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties; In the Dream House), Max Porter (Lanny; Grief Is the Thing With Feathers), and Tracy K. Smith (Wade in the Water; American Journal).
Join us for a brilliant evening featuring three of Graywolf's most influential and best-selling authors, with delicious passed appetizers, wine, and cocktails. As Graywolf looks back on forty-five years of adventurous publishing, help us celebrate becoming a destination press for some of the most ground-breaking writers of our time.
Tickets on sale starting March 1, 2019. Single tickets are $275, and two or more tickets are $250 each ($75 of each ticket is not tax-deductible). Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000; to learn more, contact Rachel Fulkerson at email@example.com.
All proceeds support Graywolf Press, a nonprofit publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature.
- “[Grief Is the Thing with Feathers] is about both the triumphs and failures of memory, and art's power of evocation. . . . [L]uminous.”—New York Times Book Review
- “In this unusual and poetic British prize winner, a writer and his young sons welcome a giant talking crow into their home to help them through a terrible loss.”—People
- “Grief Is the Thing with Feathers argues that books, literature and poetry can help save us. . . . [A] sublime and painful conjuring of a family’s grief.”—Los Angeles Times
- “Mr. Porter gives expression to grief in all its emotional manifestations. . . . Unpredictably playful, [filled] with sarcasm, absurdity and black-winged humor.”—The Wall Street Journal