An exploration of grief, personal connections, societal expectations, the legacy of cruelty or kindness, an appreciation of the natural world. A biography of TH White, a memoir, a guide to falconry. The best thing, aside from the gorgeous prose, is that H is for Hawk isn't any one thing. It's a blend of all of these subject and themes in which each informs the other with greater power than they would have had on their own. It is sad, and beautiful, and unique.
“This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact. The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T.H. White. Self-deprecating humor vies with wonder and grief as Macdonald manages to make the reader see, hear, and feel every aspect of this incredible journey. A marvelous read.”
— Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT