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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 2

by Leslye Walton

Hardback Publication Date: 27/03/2014

4/5 Rating 2 Reviews
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, 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.
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Publication Date:
Walker Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Leslye Walton

Leslye Walton was named a William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist for the publication of her debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

Born in the Pacific Northwest, she has an MA in writing. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • A magical, tragic story

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    The writing in this book is absolutely beautiful. I was completely swept up in the lyrical language that Walton uses and finished it in two sittings (very unusual for me).
    Whilst this book is pretty horrific and depressing, you are so swept up in the storytelling of the three generations that it just makes it all the more intriguing and builds on the lives of the last generation. Where they come from and their fear of letting others in and being loved.
    Not a light-hearted read but just so you can also be taken away in this tale it is highly recommended.

  • Amazing story, beautifully written

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    the story is simply marvellous, and the way it is written is amazing, not going to say more to spoil it for anyone