Trigger warning for rape and sexual assault.
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 naïve 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
The name of this book just about says it all, it’s perhaps my favorite book title and if it doesn’t make you want to read this I don’t know how I’m going to convince you. But I’m going to try anyway.
This book is equally beautiful and tragic, it’s ultimately a story about love, and it’s exactly what I wanted it to be. I love this book it’s filled with wonderful characters who each have great names that suit them perfectly. It has elements of magic that are excellently woven into the real world, it’s the best magical realism novel I’ve read. It is extremely atmospheric, and I become completely absorbed in the story forgetting about the world around me.
This is a generational tale about a family where all the women are peculiar, the book starts with Ava’s great grandmother and Ava doesn’t come into the story until halfway through. It’s definitely odd to introduce the main character so late in the story, but it undeniably works. Learning about her ancestors makes the story more vast and intriguing. All of the women in Ava’s family are strange, she’s the most obviously so because of her wings, and like most people who are considered different she wants to fit in. There is a lot of character’s however they all are interesting, and have distinct personalities, so it was surprising easy to keep track of them all.
This reminded me a lot of a fairytale and that’s a big part of why I loved it, many modern fairytales are not dark like the tales there inspird by, but this one doesn’t shy away from tragedy. The writing style is so lovely, and lyrical, that’s what ultimately makes it feel like a fairytale, and what pulled me in. The entire book is expertly crafted it didn’t take me long to become lost in it. I have a feeling this story will stay with me, and become a favorite, I already want to recommend it to everyone.