Franny Stone has always been a wanderer. By following the ocean’s tides and the birds that soar above, she can forget the losses that have haunted her life. But when the wild she so loves begins to disappear, Franny can no longer wander without a destination. She arrives in remote Greenland with one purpose: to find the world’s last flock of Arctic terns and follow them on their final migration. She convinces Ennis Malone, captain of the Saghani, to take her onboard, winning over his salty, eccentric crew with promises that the birds she is tracking will lead them to fish.
As the Saghani fights its way south, Franny’s new shipmates begin to realize that the beguiling scientist in their midst is not who she seems. Battered by night terrors, accumulating a pile of letters to her husband, and dead set on following the terns at any cost, Franny is full of dark secrets. When the story of her past begins to unspool, Ennis and his crew must ask themselves what Franny is really running toward—and running from.
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy is a deep and emotional tale. One that harbors on loss, grief, and abandonment. Fear escalates with every page. Franny has suffered from a young age and is still suffering. Her pain is felt on every page. The writer’s words easily made me connect with the characters and feel what they’re experiencing. This book made me think of Romeo and Juliet, The Fault in Our Stars, and many other books that were just as sad and epic as this one was. This story has a way of grabbing me and hooking me in tightly. It was an unforgettable tale. One that carried so much emotion that I could still reel it all inside of me. Overall, this was a powerful women’s fiction novel. I look forward to reading more by this writer in the future.