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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.


Tyler Koch

Posted October 8, 2014

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye J. Walton is, in a word, beautiful. And in four words, it is beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking.

Despite its title, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender tells the story of …

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Kristine Ingber

Posted October 27, 2017

Love and tragedy are always knocking on the door of the Roux family, and Ava Lavender is no exception. Born with the wings of a bird, Ava is in all other ways a normal girl, but she’s unprepared to enter the wider world. A well-written, multige…

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