Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy easily slipped into my favourite books of the year. I was so eager to get my grabby little hands on it, but then so hesitant to start it because my expectations were quite high. I shouldn’t have worried.

Franny Stone has always been the kind of woman who is able to love but unable to stay.

Goodreads Blurb

The book follows Franny Stone as she follows the Arctic terns on their maybe final migration from Greenland all the way to Antarctica. Earth has lost most of its wildlife by then, the overshadowing feeling is one of deep loss and desperation. In a way, it is a depressingly realistic distopian setting. But as the story is centered mostly on Franny’s character, it is more of a literary distopia.

Bit by bit, we get to know more about Franny and her past. Her path is a long and winding one, she is full of regrets and yet only able to move forward instead of fixing what she has. Most of all, she is driven by a deep desire to keep moving.

With about 250 pages, this book is on the shorter side. But the writing is so heartbreakingly beautiful that you don’t want to leave.

5/5 Magpies