It’s like an eggshell, only much tinier, much more delicate.

I’m holding the skull of a baby wren. I found it this morning in one of the nests in our yard, right down the back in those willow trees; I think its parents must have left it there when it died. Discarded. Or maybe they waited with it as long as they could. It’s like an eggshell, only much tinier, much more delicate. It barely fits on the tip of my pinkie finger. I keep thinking about how easy it would be to crush. It reminds me of her. But not of you. You are made of a different thing. Something far more enduring. I never saw that thing you spoke of, the one that was missing from the stuffed birds in my lab. I see it now, or its absence. Your absence has never felt crueler. I’ve never hated you until now. I’ve never loved you more.

Charlotte McConaghy, Migrations: A Novel (Flatiron Books, August 4, 2020)


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  1. Wow. THAT is some writing….

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  2. heartbreaking

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  3. Beautiful writing!

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  4. The reviews for this book have been amazing – this gives a great clue as to why…

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  5. You had me fooled the first couple of sentences!

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  6. blessedreams says:

    Really touching and awesome!

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  7. Anonymous says:

    She really takes us with her and compels us to stay with her on this journey.

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  8. [tried twice to comment and it won’t work–any advice?] I am so with the author and the winged creatures…

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  9. That little paragraph says a lot.

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  10. Wow man. That was great. Sucked the air right out of me.

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  11. Amazing writer 👏

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  12. So moving….
    …Caleb?…

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  13. Wow. And I believe this is on my wish list already. My really, REALLY long wish list.

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  14. Remanent of Life…delicate, honoring photo…the words make you wonder…

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