Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl

 

Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl

"This book is the very definition of a little gem. Margaret Renkl grew up in Alabama, deeply rooted in both her extended family and the surrounding natural landscape, and this book is both a memoir and a collection of  of musings about the natural world. Renkl writes so beautifully about her experiences with love, grief and her family history, and deftly demonstrates how the minor miracles happening outside her window—with birds, animals and flowers—mirror so much about the human condition. Just lovely, in every sense of the word."  - Recommended by Erika

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781571313782
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 9th, 2019

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."