Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Lesley Walton

Simply wonderful.

To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel

I am completely destroyed by the effect this book had on me. As a quick description, I will just say it is such a beautiful story, so beautifully written. 

"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.
" (Goodreads)

Lesley Walton's writing is simply great. The way this story is told is so beautiful, and the style is so particular that you will just fall in love with the book you're holding. You will laugh at times -- especially with some of the expressions the author uses --  and be sad at others. I love the magical realism in this book - everything is so weird and magical, but Walton treats it as it was the most normal thing ever.

The edition I bought, as I think all editions do, came with Ava's family tree, which I found quite useful, especially at the beginning.

In my opinion The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a beautiful tale. There's nothing more to say.

Because it is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time, I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.  I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is certainly refreshing, and, again, so beautiful. 

wonderful literature.

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