In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they longer need him. This extraordinary debut, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth, marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new talent.
Max Porter works in publishing. He lives in South London with his wife and children. Grief is the Thing with Feathers is his first book.
Winner of Dylan Thomas Prize 2016 and Books Are My Bag Readers Awards: Fiction 2016 and Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2016. Shortlisted for British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year 2016.