Magical Realism · review

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by LESLYE WALTON

Hardcover, 301 pages Published March 25th 2014 by Candlewick Press

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.

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.

REVIEW

I don’t know enough English words to describe how much i love this book! Its hard to imagine this is a debut novel, the writer is clearly a very talented individual. The story regardless of what the titles says is not just about Ava Lavender but its about a whole generation of women,and sometimes men, and their unfortunate love adventures.Using magic realism in a way that i havent come across in a loooooooooong time the writer manages to create a story with a poetic feel to it, full of longing,pain and in a way hope too. Of course this isnt a happy story, this is in fact a tragic story where a winged girl suffers a lot in the hands of those that loved or thought they loved her. All of the characters are likeable, in the own special way.There is a scene in the book that is beyong tragic, violent and very upsetting id say that it shouldn’t be in a YA book but gives the story another twist. The ending is left for us to choose what it means and i chose to imagine a positive and hopefull ending.

Rating: Five AMAZING cherries!

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