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Review: Migrations


By Charlotte McConaghy
Flatiron Books, 9781250204035, July 2021, 288pp.

The Short of It:

A thoughtful look at the impact of climate change.

The Rest of It:

This is my first review of the year, but it’s not the first book I picked up. This review just seemed easier to write at the moment so here goes.

This was an interesting story and a good one for my book club to discuss. Franny Stone is convinced that the Arctic terns will be migrating one last time. That the birds will be extinct as their food source has been somewhat depleted by fishing and global warming. The interesting thing about Franny is that she is not a scientist. She is married to a professor who studies such things and has become consumed with their survival.

Franny is a broken woman and through the back and forth timeline, it’s clear that Franny is running from something just as much as she is running towards something. There’s a little bit of a dark past trying to catch up to her, and yet she is quite likable and perhaps, the demons she faces is what makes her relatable. Franny finds herself a place on a fishing excursion, convincing the crew and captain that she can help them find the fish based on where the terns have headed.

This crew, although doubtful that Franny can lead them to the fish, gives her a chance to prove herself. Perhaps sensing the desperation in her plea. While traveling, Franny’s husband is back home. Not an unusual occurrence because although Franny has no problem loving or caring for people, she does have a problem with staying where she is.

This was a good story. A little sad when everything is revealed but also quite beautifully told. Powerful. It’s about love and loss and trying to find the people you are meant to have. And it did make me think a lot about how climate change impacts how we eat, live and make our decisions.

Have you read it? I recommend it.

Source: Borrowed
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Sunday Matters: Vacation, Over

Sunday Matters

Today is the last day of my vacation. Sunday Scaries are in full swing. I am still working remotely tomorrow and I saw a campus post about going virtual for the beginning of the spring semester so I will get the details on that tomorrow. It was inevitable. The other day LA County had nearly 44K new cases reported for the DAY. That doesn’t count in-home tests. It’s everywhere.

Right Now:

Student ministry is back today so I will be heading over in a bit. Must load up on coffee first. Looks like it will be a beautiful day.

This Week:

My club ended up discussing Migrations via Zoom last week. It was a good book for discussion. I need to write up the review. I also finished Our Country Friends so I must write that review as well. I really enjoyed it.

First Book 2022: Our Country Friends

Besides review writing, this week will be all about the return to work. It’s also the last week before my daughter heads back to Missouri. She leaves 1/16. The time went by so fast.


I think my next book will be The School for Good Mothers. I have two review copies I really need to get to but I will probably reach for this one first because I am hearing all sort of things about it and I don’t want any spoilers.


Working our way through Cobra Kai. And after loving Squid Game I am moving on to The Silent Sea which has one actor from Squid Game in it.

Grateful for:

  • That my son’s cat Root Beer is now officially his. She is spayed, chipped, has her shots and she will now be fully indoors as the vet found a BB pellet in her stomach. Small towns don’t care for feral cats. Sad.
  • That I decided to take this extra week off. I didn’t do much but it was good.

Have a wonderful Sunday and great week! Check on me mid-week I may need some encouragement.