The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Hardback

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Hardback

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781406348088



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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton has a beautiful cover. I had to pause and read the description, and I was sold. I enjoy magical realism, and Walton did a terrific job.The story begins with Emilienne Roux and her parents and siblings. Emilienne and all of her siblings were born on the first day of March of different years. Their parents, Beauregard were remarkable for different reasons. Beauregard was large and strong and made his living as a phrenologist, but had dreams of moving his family to New York, where hoped to become prosperous, make a better life for his family.Things don't turn out as he had hoped. Some years after the move took place Emilienne found herself married, and on a train, traveling across the country. She and her husband landed on the west coast and it was there that her daughter Viviane was born. She was born in a faded periwinkle blue house, with a white wrap around porch, an onion dome and secrets of it's own. And it was in that house that she would live, and there that her own daughter, Ava Lavender was born.This is a story of women in one family, their secrets, their magic and their lives. And magic there is, aplenty. What would you expect from a family where one woman becomes a canary, and years later her niece is born, normal and beautiful and with the wings of a bird. Ava has a brother, a twin who has some magic of his own.I enjoy magical realism, and I love a well told story. In this book you will find both, as well as a very surprising ending. I recommend this across the board. Don't let the suggested age range stop you, I am not a fan of putting books into little categories. This is a book that will be enjoyed by many, no matter their age.

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