T E E N P R E S S C O R P S B U Z Z
“This book caught my eye for one particular reason, the title. Anything strange, beautiful, and full of sorrow I am all for. What really makes me excited for this book though is the main character. Ava Lavender, a normal girl in all ways, except one. Ava has wings! A YA book about a girl with wings (that isn’t a fairy), I think YES! I am telling you guys, this read is a good one!”
N A T I O N A L B U Z Z
“[A]n entrancing and sumptuously written multi-generational novel wrapped in the language of fable, magical realism, and local legend. … Walton’s novel builds to a brutal but triumphant conclusion. It’s a story that adults and teenagers can appreciate equally.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Walton’s novel is both strange and beautiful in the best of ways. … This multigenerational tale examines love and considers the conflicting facets of loving and being loved — desire, despair, depression, obsession, self-love, and courage. … It is beautifully crafted and paced, mystical yet grounded by universal themes and sympathetic characters. A unique book, highly recommended for readers looking for something a step away from ordinary.”
—School Library Journal (starred review)
“[Ava’s voice] is a beautiful voice—poetic, witty, and as honest as family mythology will allow. There are many sorrows in Walton’s debut, and most of them are Ava’s through inheritance. Readers should prepare themselves for a tale where myth and reality, lust and love, the corporal and the ghostly, are interchangeable and surprising.”
“The story’s language is gorgeous.”
A B O U T T H E B O O K
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 naive 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. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.
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