Margaret Renkl

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Margaret Renkl is the author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss at Graceland, and At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South. She is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where her essays appear each Monday. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Oxford American, River Teeth, and The Sewanee Review, among others. In Late Migrations, she traces (in brief essays) a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents—her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father—and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child's transition to caregiver. Gorgeously illustrated by the author's brother, Billy Renkl, Late Migrations is an assured and memorable debut. Her next book, Graceland, At Last, brings together 60 of Renkl's New York Times columns, which offer a weekly dose of natural beauty, human decency, and persistent hope in a sparkling new collection.