A mysterious and frightening alchemical metamorphosis has befallen Ida Maclaird - she is slowly turning into glass, from the feet up.
She returns to St Hauda's Land, where she believes the glass first took hold, in search of a cure.
Midas Crook is a young loner, who has lived on the islands his entire life.
When he meets Ida, something about her sad, defiant spirit pierces his emotional defenses.
As Midas helps Ida come to terms with her affliction, she gradually unpicks the knots of his heart, and they begin to fall in love...
What they need most is time - and time is slipping away fast.
Will they find a way to stave off the spread of the glass?
The Girl with Glass Feet is a dazzlingly imaginative and gripping first novel, a love story to treasure.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/05/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781843549185
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Review by gaskella
The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw is that rare thing - a thoroughly grown-up modern fairy tale that works. It's also a beautifully designed book with an evocative cover and silver page edging.It is set in a remote cluster of islands around an archipelago called St Hauda's land which feels as if it's somewhere like the Faroes, or Newfoundland - definitely northern and slightly Nordic. A land where "strange winged creatures flit around icy bogland; albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods; jellyfish glow in the ocean's depths."Midas is a local, estranged from his mother and still reeling from the death of his father. He's in not in a hurry to start anything new, instead he diverts his emotions into his photography. Ida, meanwhile, visited St Hauda's Land six months ago on holiday, but since then something strange is happening to her - her feet are starting to turn to glass. She's returned to see if she can find a cure, for the glass which started at her toes is creeping further, she is already hobbling on her crystallising feet.Midas bumps into Ida out on the hills and they strike up a rather awkward friendship. For both of them, it is really love at first sight, but neither realises this yet. Ida has to take the initiative:"The simplest thing you could do to help ...Like I said before ... I am frightened. I can't feel my toes, for God's sake. I don't know where I end and my socks and boots begin. You could, if it's not too much trouble, just hang around."He stood up. He supposed in a movie this would be the moment where he put his arm around her waist and said something manly. At the very least he'd place a firm hand on her shoulder. But his arms were dead.'Okay,' he said, 'that shouldn't be a problem.'Sometimes you just want to knock their heads together! Midas has buried his emotions so deeply, and they're both too quick to take umbrage with each other - love is hard work for this pair. You just have to hope that they work it out - their romance, and what's happening to Ida. There are no easy answers for them in their journey.I won't spoil the story, but you'll need a hanky before the end of this wonderful other-worldly tale. I loved it.
Review by vibrantminds
An intriguing tale searches for a meaning to life by diving into the depths of ones passion. A look into what is imperative and how we become lost in our obsession; like in the story the light changes and the camera misses the shot. The idea behind the story is captivating and many mysteries are presented but not fully explained. I’m left to wonder why some characters were even mentioned in the book, what was their intended purpose. The relationship between the characters seems drawn out and disconnected. The transition from past to present in places did not flow smoothly especially at the beginning. In the end the meaning I took away was take hold of relationships, don’t allow room for regrets, and live life to its fullest.
Review by IWantToBelieve
I'm not sure where to begin my review other than to start with I LOVED THIS BOOK! The setting was strange and kind of surreal, the characters were quirky and strange too but realistic. I cared about these characters and I don't want to spoil it for anyone but this book did something that no other work of fiction has...it made me cry. Read this book!
Review by Malbebe
I won this book from Library Thing's Early Reviewer Program. While reading this book I was fascinated by the main characters struggle. Through each other they both learn to love again. Even though I never did connect with the characters this is a good book to read on a rainy day.