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  • Haunting, couldn't put it down

    What an amazing book. In some ways, Migrations reads like a travel guide. Beautiful descriptions of nature and so many details about birds. Journeys to Greenland, the Irish coast, the Australian outback, and everywhere in between. Harsh climates and conditions. The peril of endangered species of animals all over the world. The role of the humans in the world in bringing about this danger. And on that human side – Franny isn’t sure where she belongs, or that she deserves to belong anywhere. She loves deeply and forever, but has never been able to stay in one place to nurture that love. She’s obsessed with following the birds on their final migration, saving the birds, if they can even be saved. She’s suffered and lost so much, and as we continue the journey with her we start to suspect that she’s on a voyage with a secret purpose, and she’s not revealing the secret. Migrations is beautifully written and an amazing debut novel by author Charlotte McConaghy. The words flow. The environment changes and you are in the midst of it, cold, tired, hurting, regretting. The characters are elusive and puzzling and entice you to read on. The story is haunting, almost other-worldly, told in a time where animals are disappearing at a pace we can’t yet imagine. Or don’t want to acknowledge. Franny’s story is told through her current journey on the fishing boat, her letters, her past time with her husband, her childhood. And embedded in this is somehow a warring sense of hope and doom. Franny presents herself as a failure, destined to always fail, but her conviction is so strong you want to believe she will succeed in her quest for – for what? Once I started Migrations: A Novel I couldn’t put it down. The characters were well-developed and engaging, and I felt as if the fate of the world at times hung in the balance. Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy for my reading pleasure and honest review. This was a welcome and thoroughly enjoyable departure from the usual psychological thrillers or cozies. All opinions are my own. I recommend this book without hesitation.

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  • Tremendously moving and sensitively told

    What an amazing novel! It was so tremendously moving and so sensitively told. The author tells a story of the state of life on Earth not far at all into our future, where our planet is cold and quiet - devoid of birdsong, crickets, and wolf howls. I felt such sadness as I read and real trepidation that this may actually come to be if, collectively, we don't stop killing our planet! We must stop poisoning our air and our water and bleeding our precious resources dry until they're gone - until <i>everything</i> is <i>gone</i>. <i>Migrations</i> is a cautionary tale of a life I pray I never live to see. But I want people to realize just what <i>could</i> happen if we carry on doing what we've been doing. We've already lost so many species, but it might not be too late. We may still have time to make changes to the way we live and do business so that, hopefully, we will never have to wake up to a life without insects, without birds, and without the beautiful wild animals we've been blessed with in our natural world. Because those are the things that make <i>my life</i> worth living. I hope it's not too late.

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  • Dark story.

    She's a good writer but the story is dark. Even though there is hope at the end, I didn't really enjoy it.

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  • Spectacular read!

    I can’t say enough good about this book. It is brilliantly written and I so badly didn’t want it to end. The fact that it is written so subtly into the future would make me leery of even reading it - I’m delighted I didn’t know that! So many twists and turns that I totally didn’t see coming. So well crafted! I’d give it a six star rating.

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  • Sad, nice beautiful story

    It was not so interesting at first couple chapters but then became more and more attractive. I kept reading and questioning how this will end and how was it start. I admired Fanny because of her bravery, endurance and her love.

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