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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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April 2014 'New Gen' Debut of the Month.

One of our Books of the Year 2014 An enormous family saga unfolds in this story shot through with magic that is helped on its way by lashing of luck – both good and bad – and a great many extraordinary and truly unexpected happenings. Ava Lavender, a girl born with wings which cannot be explained or hidden, charts the history of her family from its origins in nineteenth century France to poverty in Manhattan before a long, long journey to Seattle and a new start for a new generation – all before Ava is even born. Although Ava is the most unusual of her family there are many others who will surprise and entertain before the story is fully unravelled.

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  • Emer O'Brien - 'This book contains brilliantly written, beautiful storylines, all collected together like a book of pressed flowers, albeit slightly macabre ones...this book is gorgeously written, surprisingly thrilling and overall an exciting and mesmerizing read.' Read full review >
  • Alice Horncastle - 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender really hooked me to another world, where anything can happen! The hugely complicated plot unfolded in such a simple yet attention grabbing way, fab!' Read full review >
  • Millie Windeler - 'This book is exceedingly well written and an immaculately thought out story...It is a must have book for when you are looking for something a bit different.' Read full review >
  • Ciara McIlvenna - 'A haunting yet beautiful tale of both the darkest desires and selfless sacrifices that love can cause us to make. A divine masterpiece. Walton has captured human emotion so purely in this novel.' Read full review >
  • Isobel Read - 'The characters are now etched on my heart as this story went from climax to climax , making me cry many times along the way.' Read full review >
  • Aimee Sweet - 'I knew this book was going to be good as soon as I turned the first page...I give this book, without any hesitation, a five star.' Read full review >
  • Rose Heathcote - 'This book failed to grip me from the beginning but once in I started to enjoy the story but it was difficult to follow in parts.' Read full review >

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Synopsis

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This is a mesmerizing, lyrical tale of the bright and dark sides of love and desire. 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, sixteen-year-old 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. 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.

It is a stunning literary young adult novel, won at auction, which marks the debut of Leslye Walton. The magical realism weaves through this generational saga which is reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is a sensuous tale of a girl born with wings, with a taste of Chocolate and the shadow play of a Tim Burton film. It is a book about human love: its ability to destroy, corrode, and mutilate, its ability to ennoble, heal, and transform. It is a beautiful jacketed hardback edition.

About the Author

Leslye Walton

Leslye Walton says that The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender began as a short story that came to her while listening to a song. She has an MA in Writing, and this is her first novel. Leslye Walton is a native of Tacoma, Washington, where she currently teaches at a high school.

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Publication date

27th March 2014

Author

Leslye Walton

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

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ISBN

9781406348088

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