The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows Ava Lavender - by Leslye Walton

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The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows Ava Lavender - by Leslye Walton

Shortlisted for the 2015 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize

A mesmerizing, lyrical tale of the bright and dark sides of love and desire. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology that "follows Ava Lavender's discovery of her one-of-a-kind self" (Teen Vogue).

Magical realism is woven through this generational saga, creating a narrative reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a taste of Chocolat by Joanne Harris.

Foolish love appears to be a Roux family birthright. And for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is an ominous thing to inherit. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to join her peers, Ava ventures into the wider world.

But it is a dangerous world for a naive girl - a world which may view her as girl or angel. On the night of the summer solstice celebration, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava's journey and her family's saga reaches a devastating crescendo.

Published October 2014, by Walker. 320 pages. Teen / YA / Adult

Adult Fiction Paperback Teen & Young Adult