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For readers of Station Eleven and Everything I Never Told You, a debut novel set on the brink of catastrophe, as a young woman chases the worlds last birdsand her own final chance for redemption.

A will is a powerful thing, and mine has been called terrible.

Franny Stone has always been a wanderer. By following the oceans tides and the birds that soar above, she can forget
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2020 by Flatiron Books
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Charlotte McConaghy There are a few swear words here and there but it's definitely not peppered with them, and there is one brief sex scene but it's not graphic at all.…moreThere are a few swear words here and there but it's definitely not peppered with them, and there is one brief sex scene but it's not graphic at all. (less)

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Tammy
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The animals are extinct. The oceans have almost been fished empty. The birds have all but disappeared except for the Arctic Terns soon to take their final migration. A woman with fierce determination embarks upon a journey to follow the birds as they make their dangerous flight. The characters unfold gradually as does the character of the ocean. At times it is calm and peaceful at others it is furious and tempestuous. The woman, herself, is unanchored and unable to find her place. Many kinds of ...more
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
It's being compared to STATION ELEVEN and the summary makes me suspect that I'll cry while reading this. Am I going to read it anyway? Yes, because I am a masochist.
Jill
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. Just wow. This is a melancholy, haunting, gut-punch of a book that shattered my heart into little pieces because of its many truths.

Franny Stone is a self-destructive narrator who harbors dark secrets that are stingily revealed during the course of this book. Her life is a migration without a destination but eventually it brings her to Greenland. There she connects with a motley crew and a half-mad captain of the ship Saghani and wheedles herself aboard to follow the last journey of a flock
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Sage
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars I have a lot of feelings about this book and I dont even know where to start. Im not giving it 5 stars because I was so meh about it at the beginning, but thats only because it wasnt the type of book I usually gravitate toward, I suppose.

Migrations is about a deeply flawed, fucked up, selkie of a woman named Franny Stone who starts the book in Greenland, trying to get passage on a ship so that she can track the last of the Arctic Terns, in a world where birds and other animals are
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Susan
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was trying to figure out why it was taking me a little longer than usual to get through this novel. In the end, I think I was savoring not just the language but the melancholy. There is something deeply satisfying in a story told slowly and deliberately and I came to understand that this was exactly the right pace for this novel. This is the story of migration and movement and the natural course of things. It's about the pain we carry and the burden of deep empathy by some and abject neglect ...more
Sudalu
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No book has captured me quite like this. Family, wildlife, science, romance and hope are interwoven in this seamless and beautiful novel by Charlotte McConaghy. The main character is such a strong, shattered, lost soul on a mission that you will make you cheer her on as you want to envelope in a big hug. The romance she has with her orintoligist husband is one you will envy. The mystery surrounding her Mam and Da will possess you to flip the pages well into the night. The plight of the last ...more
Audrey
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
An effortlessly beautifully tale about a woman following the migration of the last arctic terns from Greenland to Antarctica. Most wildlife is now extinct, including most fish and birds, Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat to follow these precious birds to fishing grounds. Her past slowly unfolds as does the hardship of the fishing life. And the consequences of humankinds thoughtless actions on our world. This book grabbed my heart from the first sentence and didnt let go until I reached ...more
Sara Murphy
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Equally beautiful and gripping. A love letter to the other species who share our planet -- to their pure wildness, to the miracle of their existence and the brutality of their loss in the face of human selfishness. Franny's own internal wildness makes her sharp, vulnerable, and fascinating all at once. I still feel stunned after finishing the final page.
Simon
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's just a shame that this book doesn't come out until August 2020, because it needs to be read, and I can't wait to recommend it to our customers at Page 1 Books. This beautifully told, cleverly constructed story of extinction, redemption, and last chances very nearly broke my heart. Neither our bodies nor our world have ever felt as fragile as they do here, but I closed the book both inspired and determined.
Linda
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, thank you to Goodreads for the ARC of this wonderful book.

What a stunning, melancholy, visceral book. A young woman, with a wandering soul in search of meaning in her life coincides with her study of the migration of the Arctic tern. The atmospheric writing is amazing and there is enough unspoken secrets to keep you immersed.

This book will touch your soul.
Dulcey Heller
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devoured in an evening. This is one of those rare books that continues to expand within you as you read, both breaking and filling your heart.
Jody Yarnall
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful, full of emotion, fear, turmoil, love, life, and death. Its the end of the world and greed has won. Its the end of life as we know it. Of hard salty folk who dont know how to stop. Its a sad story of what will come if humans dont change their ways, love for the earth and all its inhabitants. Sad, hurt people who see a light, a chance for redemption. This story is our story, our end, but it offers hope, and the magnification ending made me cry. ...more
Karen
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant. A warning, a struggle for survival warring against the urge to give in, give up. An incredible book.
Donna
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cant remember the last time a book made me weep, but Migrations brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. Its a beautifully written - but very sad - story set in the near future about a woman who is tracking and following what she believes is the last migration of a soon-to-be extinct bird species. The book goes back and forth in time as we learn more about her life and how she got to this place. I cant recommend Migrations enough. ...more
Frances
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While often affected by books, I very rarely cry. Migrations had me in tears twice in the reading and rereading of a single passage. While timeless in its wrestlings with love, loss, family, and sense of place, the story is particularly urgent with climate change at its crux.
The thing that calls to her, whatever it is, will call again. But she has forgotten my promise. I wait, always. Our daughter will wait with me. And maybe one day she too will leave, off on an adventure. And then I will wait
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Craig Lister
The Last Migration is a wonderfully written book. This story focuses on Franny Stone, who is a deeply flawed and self-destructive woman with a dark past. The novel is written in the first-person perspective, which is one of my favourites style of writing, and because of that, I feel the characters are the most substantial aspect of this book.

I feel I need to clear up some things. Some misconceptions I had before reading this book, and I want to tell future readers that might have the same
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Thomas
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotional
Noreen
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This will be an important book in 2020. It was a dark and disturbing tale about a possible future where our birds, fish, and animals are barely surviving on this earth. A woman with her own issues sets out to follow the migration of the last
Arctic terns.
Eric
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A haunting but beautiful love letter to the natural world and everything that resides in it. With prose that beg to be read over and over. This book came out of nowhere and left me stunned.
Larissa Moon
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is one womans quest to follow the arctic terns on what may be their last migration. Set against the back drop of an ecological crisis where the animals are rapidly becoming extinct; this novel follows Franny Stone through the wild places on the earth as she unravels her wild and tumultuous past.

This book has all the elements I love to find in a book; wilderness, nature, a womans inner and outer journey, all carried on lyrical prose.

At first I wondered why I didnt feel like I was connecting
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Dottie
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Australian author Charlotte McConagny's first novel published in the US, Migrations, is set in the (probably nearer than we hope) future when human actions and climate change have decimated animal, bird and fish populations to near or complete extinction. Her main character - Franny Stone - is a seriously damaged woman who has spent her life wandering, unable to deal with enclosure in places or relationships. The story begins when Franny is in Greenland, having successfully banded three Arctic ...more
Carolyn
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy from Flatiron Books, thank you very much.

I really enjoyed this book, which surprised me a little, because when I read the description before starting, I had my doubts. The story centers around Franny Stone. The story shifts between her current quest and her past and what has brought her to this point. She is in Greenland, desperately trying to convince any fisherman to take her along so that she can follow the last migration of the Artic Terns. She fears that climate
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Ampersand Inc.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ali-s-reads
This book was really wonderful. Its so hard to come up with an elevator pitch for, but the writing was really lovely, and the story had me in its grips immediately. ...more
Stephanie Crowe
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stunning tale! Beautifully written, almost poetic and a story line that is mesmerizing!
Franny Stone is a unique character who seems forced to wander the landscape and is obsessed with the sea! She is the dominant force in this story as she tries to follow the last migration of arctic terns from Greenland to Anarctica. McConaghy has crafted a powerful tale of the personal drama of Frannys driven life woven within the disintegration of the environment. I read this book in one sitting. Once
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S.A. Bodeen
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished an ARC. Loved it.
Dorothy Minor
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy, and I am delighted to have been chosen to be among the first readers. Caroline Bleeke, Senior Editor, Flatiron Books, wrote a note to readers at the beginning of the book. She says, When Migrations slipped unobtrusively into my inbox, the pitch was so enthralling that I read the first sentence and that was so mesmerizing that I read the first chapter, and, before I knew it, I was convinced that if I didnt publish this novel, I ...more
Susan
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Kendall Daley
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Goodreads Giveaway winner of this book! I am so glad I won this book! It is something different than I normally read but well worth it for the story!
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Hi! I'm Charlotte, the author of the forthcoming novel MIGRATIONS, published in the US in August 2020, and published in the UK and AUS as THE LAST MIGRATION.

After having grown up writing SFF, this is my first foray into adult literary fiction and will be my first book to cross oceans. I have a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters in Screen Arts, I live in Sydney, and my three favourite
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