The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Paperback)
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 02/10/2014
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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).

Shortlisted for the 2015 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel is "rich with lyrical and whimsical writing" (Kiera Cass, New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series). 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.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406357738
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 225 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An almost operatic air. . . Walton's beautiful prose captures perfectly the blurred boundaries between everyday primary suburban life and the fantastical elements of epic tales. . . A sorrowful tale that will haunt the reader. * Inis Magazine *
A powerful book that echoes long after the last page. * Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read *
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. * Reading Zone *

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“Love and Loss, in a beautiful dreamlike book.”

Ava Lavender is a very special girl. She was born in a small town, outside of Seattle in America, with the wings of a bird sprouting from her back. Throughout the first half of the book, Ava traces the tragic,... More

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Teresa at Bath

“strange, beautiful, flawless”

This is not a book I would usually have been drawn to; in fact, I read it only because it was part of the shortlist for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2015. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I... More

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“unusual”

An unusual book covering hard topics by with a veil over them. It is sort of abstracted tracing of the lives of three generation's of one unusual family to the gritty conclusion. Engaging and we'll written... More

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