Episode 59: Max Porter on the Realities of Grief

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Sometimes a book comes along and knocks you off kilter–revealing your fears and longings–reminding you how to love and live better. Grief Is the Thing with Featherby Max Porter is one such book. This astonishing, rowdy, rude, and brilliant novel dramatizes one family’s experience of mourning with the intrusion of one very unexpected visitor. It’s inventive, darkly funny, and wacky, and will make you thankful for the precious people in your lives. Published last year in England and now in the U.S. by Graywolf, the book has already won a slew of prizes. It was shortlisted for both the Guardian First book award and the Goldsmiths Prize and, recently, won the Dylan Thomas Prize.

This conversation was a pleasure and a reminder of why I love writers so much. Let us know what you think on Twitter @litupshow and Instagram @litupshow and Max on Twitter @maxjohnporter.

xoxo Angie

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