Arts & Leisure

Book review: Migrations — by Charlotte McConaghy

(Flatiron Books)
When we first encounter Franny Stone — strong, gutsy, passionate Franny — she is in Greenland, alone, geo-tagging what very well may be the last Arctic terns in existence. She then manages to convince a fishing boat captain by the name of Ennis Malone to allow her on board his ship, the Saghani, as it sails south, so she can follow the terns’ migratory route, through the North Atlantic sea, down into the glacial waters of the Antarctic. Fishing in this near-future world is a maligned endeavor; fishermen face a catastrophically depleted fishery as well as an increasingly hostile public opinion of their livelihood. Franny convinces the crew of the Saghani that she, and the terns, can lead them to fish. The crew quickly figures out that Franny isn’t being entirely honest about her research, and the reader slowly figures out, through a series of flashbacks to other times and places, there’s a lot more going on with Franny than she lets on. Migrations is an extraordinary book, a novel that combines an affecting story of love and commitment with a subtle overarching social commentary about the destruction of the planet and the existing and looming extinctions of so much of the earth’s wildlife and sea life.
— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of the Vermont Book Shop

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