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Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy #BookReview

Franny Stone has always been the kind of woman who is able to love but unable to stay. Leaving behind everything but her research gear, she arrives in Greenland with a singular purpose: to follow the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat, and she and the crew set sail, traveling ever further from shore and safety. But as Franny’s history begins to unspool—a passionate love affair, an absent family, a devastating crime—it becomes clear that she is chasing more than just the birds. When Franny’s dark secrets catch up with her, how much is she willing to risk for one more chance at redemption?

Book cover for Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.

Title: Migrations| Author: Charlotte McConaghy| Publisher: Flatiron books | Pub. Date: 4 Aug 2020| Pages:: 256 | ISBN:9781250204028 | Genre: Fiction/Science Fiction| Language: English| Starred Review: Yes | Source:

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Migrations Review

Okay y’all settle in for what is probably my most incoherent review yet as I gush and goo over what is absolutely my favourite book read in 2020 that I already just want to reread and reread and reread. I need to get my hands on a physical copy just to hug.

Migrations is a beautifully told story of Franny Stone, a wanderer who struggles to stay still, as she takes on her last adventure, to follow the arctic turns as they take on their very last migration to Antarctica. As Franny’s past is revealed bit by bit throughout the story, I couldn’t help but be swept up in her life as if I was actually there with her in person just as a bystander unable to stop her on her self-destructive path.

I fell in love with this book from the first few pages, I just listened and knew that I wouldn’t be able to put it down. But you always feel a bit scared when you start a book that it won’t continue to meet your expectations. I asked the crew if 30% was too early for me to say ‘this is my absolute fave book of 2020’ and the response was absolutely yes and prayers for the ending were offered. I’m so glad I didn’t have to take back my words.

I cried so hard, I don’t even regret it. I just sent pics to my friends of me as the ugly tears got progressively worse so they knew exactly how I felt about this book at my time of reading it, trying to encourage them to read it yet maybe putting them off with how much it wrecked me. I had to follow up the crying with 45 minutes of lying down in a dark room. It was totally worth it.

All the stars and more.

I loved this book so much that I recommended it to everyone, but maybe don’t tell me if you don’t like it. P.S. global warming is real – shop sustainably.

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  1. I bought a copy of this book based on a bookseller’s recommendation and now after reading your review, I need to find my copy and read it!!

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