TEARAWAY Maverick STEPHEN GALLAGHER reviews The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton.
This fictitious tale is a generational saga that follows Ava Lavender, who is a normal girl – apart from one small detail. That detail is that she has wings. She’s a human girl, but yes she does have wings.
This story starts off with Ava’s great grandmother Maman, and her journey of life and love from a small French Village to America. Maman’s family members all develop unusual traits and abilities which set them on a particular life course.
Ava narrates the stories of her family and is properly introduced as a character mid-way through the tale, when her mother discovers she is pregnant. Fate and destiny play an important role in the story, as Ava and her twin brother negotiate growing up hidden from their community. The consequences of their family history and the past events of the small community come to a head when an out-of-towner arrives on the scene.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a book about growing up, accepting family and being human – something that we all can relate to on many levels.
This was a fun read; the story is easy to follow and had me hooked from the first page.