Migrations (The Last Migration)
Author(s): Charlotte McConaghy
'An extraordinary novel... as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I've ever read' Emily St. John Mandel A dark past. An impossible journey. The will to survive. How far would you go for love? Franny Stone is determined to go to the end of the earth, following the last of the Arctic terns on what may be their final migration to Antarctica. As animal populations plummet and commercial fishing faces prohibition, Franny talks her way onto one of the few remaining boats heading south. But as she and the eccentric crew travel further from shore and safety, the dark secrets of Franny's life begin to unspool. A daughter's yearning search for her mother. An impulsive, passionate marriage. A shocking crime. Haunted by love and violence, Franny must confront what she is really running towards - and from. The Last Migration is a wild, gripping and deeply moving novel from a brilliant young writer. From the west coast of Ireland to Australia and remote Greenland, through crashing Atlantic swells to the bottom of the world, this is an ode to the wild places and creatures now threatened, and an epic story of the possibility of hope against all odds.
The animals are dying. Soon we will be alone here. Once, my husband found a colony of storm petrels on the rocky coast of the untamed Atlantic. The night he took me there, I didn't know they were some of the last of their kind. I knew only that they were fierce in their night caves and bold as they dived through moonlit waters. We stayed a time with them, and for those few dark hours we were able to pretend we were the same, as wild and free. Once, when the animals were going, really and truly and not just in warnings of dark futures but now, right now, in mass extinctions we could see and feel, I decided to follow a bird over an ocean.'
This novel was both devastating and heart wrenchingly beautiful. I feel haunted by it still. The novel is about a woman who is in remote Greenland, she has been searching for months for a fishing captain who is willing to take her on with his crew to follow the Arctic terns on their last migration to Antarctica.
It is set in a world where climate change has ravaged the earth and its animals so there are very few species left, and the terns are the only flock who travel this kind of distance - a fact that is outstanding when one considers the extreme weather patterns they will encounter over the ocean in their search for food. Franny has been drawn to the ocean her whole life, it is very much a part of her and so is the love of birds which her husband further instilled in her throughout their marriage which was both passionate and fraught with grief.
As Franny finally sets off on her journey, the writing returns to moments of her past and gradually reveals the secrets and loss she keeps firmly to her chest. The wild heart of this book drew me in and captured me until the end, the state of the earth was scarily believable and had a sense of urgency and sorrow which really touched me.'
- : 9781760893323
- : Penguin Random House
- : Penguin Books Ltd
- : 0.188
- : March 2021
- : 1.4 Centimeters X 13 Centimeters X 19.6 Centimeters
- : books
- : Charlotte McConaghy
- : Paperback
- : en
- : 823.92
- : 304