Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

Până la Margaret Renkl

Evaluare: 4.5 din 5 stele4.5/5 (20 stele)
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Jenna Bush Hager’s final book club pick of 2019 was this indie darling from Margaret Renkl. “It’s beautiful and it is a slower pace but I kind of loved that at the end of the year. We end with something slow and reflective and gorgeous,” Hager said in the announcement. Renkl wrote this book about her mother’s life soon after her death.


From New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family—and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world.

Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents—her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father—and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.

And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share. For in both worlds—the natural one and our own—“the shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love’s own twin.”

Gorgeously illustrated by the author’s brother, Billy Renkl, Late Migrations is an assured and memorable debut.
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