The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

by Leslye Walton

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Overview

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.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763670344
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 868,636
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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 M.A. in writing, and this is her first novel. Leslye Walton is a native of Tacoma, Washington, where she currently teaches middle school.

Leslye Walton was born in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps because of this, she has developed a strange kinship with the daffodil. She too can only achieve beauty after a long, cold sulk in the rain. Her novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, was inspired by a particularly long sulk in a particularly cold rainstorm.

Leslye Walton currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where she spends most of her time in her own world—which, for the record, is far better than the real one anyway—with her fittingly-named Chihuahua, Mr. Darcy, and her spirit guide, a cat named Griff.

When she’s not writing, she teaches middle-school students how to read and write, and most importantly, how to be kind to one anther, even when they really don’t feel like it.


Leslye works best under the light of the moon, and will often wake her friends in the middle of the night to ask if they know another word for vivacious or if they remember what the guy sitting behind them at dinner last Tuesday ordered for dessert. Fortunately, Leslye has very forgiving friends.

Three Things You Might Not Know About Leslye:

1. When Leslye was younger, she wanted to be a singer, a writer, a teacher, or a mermaid, in that order. Hey, three outta four ain’t bad!
2. Oh yeah. Leslye also sings (see above), though these days it’s primarily in the shower, or the car, or when she can convince talented students to accompany her on the guitar.
3. She has a pair of wings tattooed on her left wrist that she got when she learned The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender was going to be an actual book. She plans on memorializing each book with a tattoo. So far she has six tattoos . . . and one published book. Oops. Looks like she has some catching up to do!

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