“Love makes us such fools.” Never have 5 words rung more true.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a dazzling debut for Leslye Walton. Although this story is about love, it isn’t a love story. Born with wings, Ava Lavender recounts the failed relationships and foolish love that befell her maternal ancestors of the Roux family.
Walton’s prose is stunning and gripped me from start to finish, She explores many different aspects of human love: first love, young love, blind love, agape love and unreciprocated love. This novel is both hopeful and tragic and devastating in a good way. You become connected to the various characters and discover the power of freshly baked French pastries.
Intricate and with a sprinkling of magical realism, this book is truly unique. You follow the characters from day one and see them grow, grow into foolish adults, scarred by broken hearts and empty promises which is extremely rare for a novel.
The novel is quite stark but the words are perfect and makes your imagination run wild. Walton has created a rich tapestry of family history, each section more different, strange and beautiful from the last.
Rating: 5 stars.
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