The Comfort of Crows

The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year
English | October 24, 2023 | ASIN: B0CCF71G84 | M4B@65 kbps | 7h 47m | 222.53 MB

Author: Margaret Renkl
Narrator: Margaret Renkl

From New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author Margaret Renkl comes a “howling love letter to the world” (Ann Patchett): a luminous book tracing the passing of seasons, personal and natural.

In The Comfort of Crows, Margaret Renkl presents a devotional of sorts: fifty-two essays that follow the creatures and plants in her backyard over the course of a year. As we move through the seasons—from a crow spied on New Year’s Day, its resourcefulness and sense of community setting a theme for the year—what develops is a portrait of joy and grief. Joy at the ongoing pleasures of the natural world: “Until the very last cricket falls silent, the beauty-besotted will always find a reason to love the world.” And grief at a shifting climate, at winters that end too soon, at songbirds growing fewer and fewer.

Along the way, we also glimpse the changing rhythms of a human life. Grown children, unexpectedly home during the pandemic, prepare to depart once more. Birdsong and night-blooming flowers evoke generations past. The city and the country where Renkl raised her family to transform a little more with every passing day. How can one person make a difference amid such destabilizing changes?

The Comfort of Crows is a lovely and deeply moving audiobook from a beloved writer.

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