Suddenly Helen’s world caves. She is numb with grief. Not a stranger to the world of falconry, Helen has raised small birds of prey. But to honor her deep loss, she raises the stakes. She decides to immerse herself in the training of a goshawk – one of the fiercest and largest birds of prey. Enter a world most of us know little about. An extraordinary execution of nature writing and memoir that will have you sitting on the edge of your chair and holding your breath!
“To read Helen Macdonald’s new memoir is to have every cell of your body awake and alive.” —Robin Young, Here and Now
“In this profoundly inquiring and wholly enrapturing memoir, Macdonald exquisitely and unforgettably entwines misery and astonishment, elegy and natural history, human and hawk.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
“Breathtaking . . . Helen Macdonald renders an indelible impression of a raptor’s fierce essence—and her own—with words that mimic feathers, so impossibly pretty we don’t notice their astonishing engineering.” —Vicki Constantine Croke, New York Times Book Review (cover review)