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Publisher's Summary

"Seasoned narrator Kreinik showcases her prowess as a dialect coach as she embodies McConaghy’s vast cast... With deft agility, Kreinik guides McConaghy’s spectacular Moby Dick-esque journey towards an all-too-imminent dystopia in which humanity faces a future alone." (Booklist, starred review) 

Instant National Best Seller

"Visceral and haunting" (New York Times Book Review) · "Hopeful" (Washington Post) · "Powerful" (Los Angeles Times) · "Thrilling" (Time) · "Tantalizingly beautiful" (Elle) · "Suspenseful, atmospheric" (Vogue) · "Aching and poignant" (Guardian)

Franny Stone has always been the kind of woman who is able to love but unable to stay. Leaving behind everything but her research gear, she arrives in Greenland with a singular purpose: to follow the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat, and she and the crew set sail, traveling ever further from shore and safety. But as Franny’s history begins to unspool - a passionate love affair, an absent family, a devastating crime - it becomes clear that she is chasing more than just the birds. When Franny's dark secrets catch up with her, how much is she willing to risk for one more chance at redemption?

Epic and intimate, heartbreaking, and galvanizing, Charlotte McConaghy's Migrations is an ode to a disappearing world and a breathtaking pause-resister about the possibility of hope against all odds.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"Migrations is a nervy and well-crafted novel, one that lingers long after its voyage is over. It’s a story about our mingling sorrows, both personal and global, and the survivor’s guilt that will be left in their wake." (New York Times Book Review

"True and affecting, elegiac and imminent... The fractured timeline fills each chapter with suspense and surprises, parceled out so tantalizingly that it took disciplined willpower to keep from skipping down each page to see what happens... Ultimately hopeful." (The Washington Post

“Thrilling... In piecing together who this mysterious protagonist really is, McConaghy creates a detailed portrait of a woman on the cusp of collapse, consumed with a world that is every bit as broken as she is.” (Time

©2020 Charlotte McConaghy (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2020

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2020

Boston Globe Best Books of the Year, 2020

Time Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2020

"Gutting and gorgeous, Migrations is an astounding meditation on love, trauma, and the cost of survival. With soulful prose and deep empathy, Charlotte McConaghy weaves parallel stories of a woman and a world on the brink of devastation, but never without hope. Equal parts love letter and dirge, this is a true force of a book that I read holding my breath from its start to its symphonic finish." (Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild

"Few books have so completely enveloped me into the character’s life (and entwining with mine as well) as Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy. Reminiscent of Annie Proulx’s honest and raw words, this story is poetic and melancholic, with bursts of insight." (Michelle Bear, Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds, WA) 

"Migrations is a wonder. I read it in a gasp. There is hope in these pages; a balm for these troubled times. Charlotte McConaghy's words cut through to the bone." (Lara Prescott, New York Times best-selling author of The Secrets We Kept)  

Editor's Pick

Love, adventure, climate change & self-discovery
While I’ve always been able to appreciate the great outdoors and love animals and travel, I’m more inclined to take a long walk on a paved path through a scenic park and cuddle with my tabby, Tallulah, on the couch than to venture into the harsh wilderness. Migrations has broadened my worldview in the most welcome way, and in a way I didn’t realize I needed. First off, narrator Barrie Kreinik’s Irish accent and subtly powerful performance put me immediately at ease. While listening, I quickly came to consider Franny Stone, the woman at the center of this expansive and meditative listen, a friend—I feel like her confidante. Franny goes to the ends of the earth to track the migration of Arctic terns on one level, and as a journey of self-realization on another. From Antarctica to a prison in Ireland, Australia to Galway, Franny traverses the globe, and as the story progresses you learn more about why she’s always on the move. I highly recommend taking this journey with her. —Tricia F., Audible Editor

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Fascinating

Set in the near future with a subplot on the effects of climate change, this is a totally engaging story full of drama, flawed characters, love, death, and the agonies of life at sea. You grow to love and understand the troubled inhabitants and because their story is told out of sequence, you don’t understand everything until near the end.

The narration was outstanding and gripping and made the book come alive.

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Climate change

Despite the liberal theme of climate change destroying the world, the book is well written and the story is interesting

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atmospheric story

“Migrations” by Charlotte McConaghy is billed as a literary Eco-fiction, a new genre for me. But it’s also a speculative fiction of climate change. The sentiment, the feeling that it exacted from me was loneliness. From the start, the protagonist, Franny communicates isolation, sadness, and dreaminess.

The story begins in the world in which the world’s animal life is almost extinct. The only thriving animals are livestock and domesticated animals. Even the fish are among near extinct along with birds. Franny is obsessed with tracking the last of the Arctic terns (birds). She’s always had a passion for birds, and the terns are one of the few birds left in the world. She commandeers her way into a fishing boat, promising them that where there are birds, there are fish.

It was a very slow start for me. I would have given up and exchanged the book if it wasn’t for the encouraging reviews from GoodReads friends. So for those who think it’s a bit too “dreamy” or slow with no action, read on. It becomes an adventure story with a suspenseful ending. Franny is stubborn in her pursuit of the birds. We get Franny’s story in fractured pieces, in different time periods, in different places. We know something terrible happened to Franny, and she ended up in prison. We know she is has suffered losses and is a walking depressed person. Her story is told in a way that makes the reader want more. Franny’s story is never told until the end. And it’s worth it.

I listened to the audible production narrated by Barrie Kreinik. Kreinik’s voice is melodic and soothing; she’s perfect for the voice of Franny.

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Amazing!

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Beautiful prose. The way the author describes nature and our connection to the earth is very moving and thought provoking. Narrator was wonderful.

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A deeply moving story

This book was disturbing in many ways, especially for a bird lover like me, but very profound. My only problem was the way the story constantly moved back and forth through time, which was confusing at first. It is a serious book about a near future world out of control, and completely out of balance. Upsetting in many ways, more so because it may very well happen someday. But well worth listening to.

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Hmmmmm

Well, this book got a lot of hype....and I was really looking forward to listening to it - I really enjoyed the setting and the prextext for the story ( mostly at sea, based in a time of rampant climate impacts / sixth extinction). For me, it lacked a little bit of scientific depth. It was also darker than I expected for a story about Arctic Terns. Some of the pronunciations were off - which just throws the story, where the author was trying for relevance and in depth knowledge, but this falls flat if you pronounce it incorrectly...but still, it was compelling, if not exactly up-lifting.

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Beautifully written wonderfully executed

This beautifully written book is highly engaging and a Surprisingly easy read. Highly recommended, five stars.

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Beautifully written and beautifully told

A story adequate to the complex natural tragedy of our time. A story about a broken being in a broken world. An elegant eulogy for the lost beauty of our planet, it's creatures, and human love.

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Haunting, beautiful, and real

The narration was impeccable. The story is so very real; it is where we are headed day by day. Yet despite the sadness of eco-catastrophe, there is hope and beauty which is as strong as bones. I will never forget this book -- nor the terns, nor the owl....nor many of the imperfect and vivid people who inhabit these pages. Highly recommended.

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Took a minute to get into, but this is a beautiful book

I am so glad a friend recommended this book to me. It is hauntingly beautiful and well written. I appreciate how McConaghy manages to balance the complicated environmental topics without seeming heavy handed or didactic. This is one of the best books I have read.