Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl

Late Migrations

An Indie Next Selection for July 2019An Indies Introduce Selection for Summer/Fall 2019From 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 h...

Details Late Migrations

TitleLate Migrations
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherMilkweed Editions
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Environment, Nature, Biography, Science

Reviews Late Migrations

  • Diane Barnes
    I enjoyed this book of very short essays. Easy to read in short snatches of time, the author touches on grief, parental love (from both sides), nature, and beauty. Her prose is beautiful as well. I read this on my Kindle Paperwhite, but the illustrations by her brother were fantastic, so I may have to check out a book copy just to see those better.
  • Adam
    I read the entirety of this book with a lump in my throat that would neither subside or crawl out my mouth into the cry I wanted it to be. What a fantastic book.
  • Paul Ataua
    Beautiful! 112 short and beautifully written ‘essays’ about nature, family, and life that are just captivating. I read it in one workday, forgoing my morning swim, blowing off my lunch, and finally having my afternoon break in the place that has the suckiest coffee and the least customers so I wouldn’t be disturbed while finishing it. It wasn’t all positive, however. It ended too soon, much too soon.
  • rebecca
    I absolutely loved everything about this book.The way that Renkl describes grief, gives softness to the world, draws parallels between the two, and has room to squeeze in both classic and contemporary references made me an instant fan. She accomplished these feats within the first dozen pages, propelling me forward into the duality of her personal lore and the familiarity of earth's natural story. I enjoyed the southern perspective of nature. I e...
  • Jamie
    This book is part memoir, part essay, part poetry, part nature writing, and wholly beautiful. Not only did I connect with Renkl's writing because I too
  • Catie
    "What we feel always contains its own truth, but it is not the only truth, and darkness almost always harbors some bit of goodness tucked out of sight, waiting for an an unexpected light to shine, to reveal it in its deepest hiding place.""In the stir of too much motion:Hold still.Be quiet.Listen.""The cycle of life might as well be called the cycle of death: everything that lives will die, and everything that dies will be eaten."
  • Kristen Curtis
  • Caleb Masters
    Late Migrations is a gorgeous, somber treasure of a book. Death and its many forms permeate Margaret Renkl’s meditative work; from the death of her father to the death of a small bird in the road, grief is a constant companion throughout these pages. But the sorrow never becomes overwhelming; in fact, each passage takes on a unique, bittersweet wisdom that can only be gained by experiencing loss. Renkl’s part memoir, part nature writing, and ...
  • Paperback Paris
    —The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Editor, Leah Rodriguez. Read more.Margaret Renkl's debut,  Late Migrations: A  Natural History of Love and Loss , contains multitudes for such a slender volume. Structured as a series of vignettes through which Renkl juxtaposes her family history with observations of the natural world, this timely collection presents the universe in miniature—the violent, painful, heartbreaking realities of ...
  • Karen
    2019-07-21 Concerto No. 1 in F Major was mentioned in an essay about a dying English teacher and so I pulled it up on YouTube and listened as I read, impressed by the teacher’s passion and dedication. I finished the book at the very moment Concerto No. 2 came to a close- a perfectly formulated ending to a book so beautiful that I debated not writing about it. There is absolutely nothing I can say, nothin...
  • Daniel Mccoy
    Renkl says she had wanted to be a poet. She took a different turn and writes essays instead. I just want to say that the jewel-like pieces of writing gathered in this book do for me exactly what poetry should do.As you read through the book, these short pieces assemble into a collage of something far larger than any one of them. Different readers will likely assemble the collage slightly differently depending on what elements resonate most strong...
  • Amie Whittemore
    Renkl does a fine job of using short, interconnected essays to craft longer, (somewhat) more complex, and certainly honest observations about life and love and death, the ways in which we share this world with family and flowers, with birds and snakes. The collection risks sentimentality and sweetness, but don't we need sentiment, sweetness, and sincerity in these fraught times? At times I wanted more of certain narrative strains, but I like to t...
  • Naomi Krokowski
    I’d give this book 6 stars if I could! So much resonated: caring for small children and aging/ill parents simultaneously, seeing glimpses of both heaven and hell in the stunning natural world, longing to reconcile the blessings and the struggles.Renkl’s gorgeous writing and her brother’s beautiful illustrations are amazing.I have incredible bookreavement. I want more of Renkl’s writing! I’m happy to pay my NYT subscription just to conti...
  • Lorrie
    This is such a well crafted book. Margaret Renkl alternates small sections of memoir with poetic observations of the natural world outside her front and back doors. Many of her observations are about grief and loss, but all of it ties together in a universal manner that is often subtle, suprising, and touches the heart. The editing is especially impressive--everything in this small and spare memoir feels important and linked.
  • Margie Couch
    Beautiful, poignant, interesting reflections on family and nature. Loved the lyrical writing and observations of the authors backyard animal sightings and bird life. Highly recommend this beautiful book.
  • Rachael
    Lovely, fractured, nature and family intermingled. Not entirely fluid transition from their previous form as independent essays.
  • Mary Dansak
    Just read it. Gorgeous.
  • Joanna
    Gorgeous essays that I would describe as a mix of meditation and poetry.
  • Beth
    Profoundly, staggeringly beautiful.