George : a magpie memoir.

by Hughes, Frieda,

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" He was a hectic, unprincipled bird, but it was impossible not to love him." From poet and painter Frieda Hughes, a memoir of love, obsession, and feathers.

When Frieda Hughes moved to the depths of the Welsh countryside, she was expecting to take on a few projects: planting a garden, painting, writing her poetry column for The Times (London), and possibly even breathing new life into her ailing marriage. But instead, she found herself rescuing a baby magpie, the sole survivor of a nest destroyed in a storm--and embarking on an obsession that would change the course of her life.

As the magpie, George, grows from a shrieking scrap of feathers and bones into an intelligent, unruly companion, Frieda finds herself captivated--and apprehensive of what will happen when the time comes to finally set him free.

With irresistible humor and heart, Frieda invites us along on her unlikely journey toward joy and connection in the wake of sadness and loss; a journey that began with saving a tiny wild creature and ended with her being saved in return.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Painter and poet Hughes spent her peripatetic childhood moving from place to place with her father, poet Ted Hughes, after her mother, poet Sylvia Plath, died by suicide. All Frieda wanted was a forever home. When she found the house she could grow into, she began to fill it with pets and the grounds with gardens as she finally set down roots. And then came an interruption. A windstorm brought down a magpie nest with one survivor. She named this screeching, feathered scrap George. In this lovely chronicle of setting aside life's usual demands to meet the immediate needs of an orphaned magpie chick, Hughes records her fascination with George as he grows and joins (and nearly takes over) her family. In lyrical prose full of introspection and humor, Hughes describes George being washed by her dogs, his learning to fly, and his curiosity about everything. Caring for George eventually sent the author in new directions, culminating with her adoption of two owls. This is a perfect match for Featherhood (2021), by Charlie Gilmour, the son of a poet who also rescued a magpie. Enlivened with Hughes' drawings, this portrait of a bird mirrors how each of us maneuvers through our own existence."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects ordreq 05/15/23 xa
Publisher Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster,2023
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9781668016503
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