The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Paperback)

Staff Pick Logo
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Cover Image
$8.99
On Our Shelves Now
Tattered Cover Book Store Historic LoDo
2 on hand, as of Jun 23 6:50am
(JVF YA GENERAL)
Tattered Cover Book Store Aspen Grove
1 on hand, as of Jun 23 6:50am
(JVF YA GENERAL)

Staff Reviews


Ava Lavender is a hauntingly beautiful story that follows three generations of a highly unusual family. Written in a poetic prose, you'll find yourself sucked into the world of love, loss, and magic that surrounds the house on Pinnacle Lane.
 

— Zoe, TC Teen Advisory Board member

Description


A 2015 William C. Morris YA 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.

About the Author


Leslye Walton says that The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender began as a short story that came to her while listening to a song. She has an MA in writing, and this is her first novel. Walton is a native of Tacoma, Washington, and she currently teaches middle school in Seattle.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763680275
ISBN-10: 0763680273
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English