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Publisher Description

A 2015 William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist. 

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.

Young Adult
March 25
Candlewick Press
Candlewick Press, Inc.

Customer Reviews

LBBox90 ,

Incredibly emotional and captivating

I've read this book twice now and fell like I absorbed so much even the second time through. The story is beautiful and heartbreaking. You won't soon forget this book.

Davidshead ,

This book is good.

The book is good. I enjoyed it. Totally better than the other YA books you probably are reading. And they all live happily ever spoilers.

ChristianCatLover ,

A stunning debut

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava lavender is a whimsical generation love story with beautiful writing. It's intriguing and had me rooting for the characters and crying for them at the same time. I would recommend this book for anybody who likes great writing and beautiful stories.

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