Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Magical Realism
Summary: 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. (Via Goodreads)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is definitely one of the strangest and most beautiful books I have read this year. I’ve never closed a book wondering if the main character had wings or not before Ava Lavender yet I wasn’t left disappointed or confused rather I felt immensely satisfied after closing the last page.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender tells the story of Ava Lavender, her mother Viviane and her grandmother Emmiliene and all three women have some unique talent, whether it be being born with wings, super smell or a unique to talent to know when something is going to happen – all three are also terribly unlucky in love. Their stories are intricately woven together to tell the story of how Ava ended up where she did and how it all led to the night of the Summer Solstice and it is beautifully, stunningly written.
Walton’s prose is absolutely terrific; lyrical and striking and at times it reminded me of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart only, in my opinion, it was much better and much stronger. Just perfect. Her characters are wonderful I loved how she represented each of the Roux/Lavender women and how they were all so strong yet equally broken. The contrast was just lovely and so wonderful to read.
Ava Lavender is a wonderful book. It is sweet and poignant, haunting and hypnotic and it is one of my favourite books of the year. A must read.