• Natalia Albin

BOOK: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

★★★★★


Oh my God, this book was an absolute delight to read. Whenever I opened it, I felt like I was walking into another world and I was privileged enough to find a little place to sit and watch.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is the story of the women in Ava's life. From her grandmother and her struggles as a young woman with certain powerful abilities, her mother's sorrows with love and heartbreak, to her own way of figuring out life as someone different (Ava was born with wings).

With pure rythm, Leslye Walton creates full atmospheres in each setting. It could be punctuation, paragraph length or one specific word, but it translates on the page exactly the way you're meant to feel about what's happening. Terror, sadness or happiness or a little mixture of the three - baked to perfection (with crispy crust and crumbly insides).

At the heart of it, it's a story about two things: love and other-ness. The first one comes to an actual conclusion, about what love is an isn't and wether it really "makes us fools" or gives us one of living's smallest and greatest enjoyments. The latter, however, stays looming there like Emilienne's ghosts. All three women have had hardships their whole lives for the sense of being others, different to everyone, discriminated against and ultimately not accepted into the "normal" world - it's a social commentary with no real resolution in the book, and no real resolution in our reality either.

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