Monday, February 16, 2015
by Leslye Walton
Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.
That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
This extraordinary YA novel by debut author Leslye Walton was recently honored as a William C. Morris finalist. It's been a while since I've read a book from cover to cover not wanting to put it down, but The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender was one of those novels! Its imaginative, poignant plot was only surpassed by the author's lyrical, whimsical writing. I highly recommend The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender to readers aged twelve and up.
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