Book summary: Song of Bullfrogs, Cry of Geese


“Song of Bullfrogs, Cry of Geese,” originally published in 1993, takes place at an undisclosed time, presumably in the future, when the human race is steadily dying due to a disease that weakens them too much to bear children. The protagonist of this story, a scientist named Molly whose lover, Helen, died of the disease, has secluded herself at their home out of grief and despair. Those who have read Griffith’s novel Stay (2002) will recognize the same deep desolation here, and like the novel, “Song of Bullfrogs” is a story about overcoming that grief—which is, at some level, an intense desire for someone who has been lost. Griffith’s writerly skills shine in this story, particularly when she describes the natural landscape that Molly inhabits.

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