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Ava Lavender, in the time the story is written, is the most recent addition to a long line of sad ancestors. She's cursed or blessed with enormous, feathery wings. But the feathers are gray. Ava is holed up in her house growing up, unaware of all that's out in the world for her own protection. But with the assistance of some questionable friends she sneaks out a few times to explore the coastal town.
Nathaniel Sorrows, taking care of his mother, lives in town and sees Ava out and about with her wings. He mistakes her as an angel at once and speeds down a dangerously unhealthy slope of obsession. When the summer solstice celebration comes, Ava blends in well as most people wear costumes. The freedom is surely a relief but the dangerous man waiting for her to be alone doesn't cross her mind.
Ava's story is sorrowful - and exciting. Her mother's story is sad - yet moving. Her grandmother's story is miserable - but wonderful. It continues, and continues but each relative experiences redeeming, beautiful and exciting events that keep us engaged and thrilled for their special break in the clouds.
Grab a handful of sorrow and wonder. You may feel it's slow at times but hang in there and allow yourself to open yourself to experience the story being told on an emotional level.
The characters are all fantastic and well thought out. The story is lovely and not cliched whatsoever. Love and wisdom drip off of the pages of this book. At a glance it seems like The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar, is about her. This is true but not exclusively, The rest of the cast of characters have a deep history and meaning throughout the novel.
Whimsical, wonderful and well written, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar weaves its way into your soul and stays there for days after finishing the final page.
This book broke my heart, but also filled a void at the same time. What a charming, perfect tale.
I am going to call it right now: this is easily the best book of 2014 so far, without question. The story begins with Ava's great grandmother, and tells the tale of each woman in the lavender family. Strange things have been happening to them since Ava's great grandmother, and each has felt the tragedy that is loving and losing or being loved and being lost. Each story of each woman is very unique, and I loved each one. The book did not reach Ava's story until about half way through the book. Usually I would resent this, but I loved the stories of the other women so much that I didn't mind at all. If I had to pick my favorite story, it was that of Ava's mother. An interesting character was Henry, Ava's brother, who seemed to be suffering from some form of Autism. The ending of the book was beautiful, and every moment in between is also equally beautiful and yet sad. Thus the name, the Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I can't say to much about this book, because it is more of a collection of stories of the women in the Lavender family that leads up to the story of Ava, the girl born with wings who struggles with the idea of flight. I will say this though: the book was beautiful, well-written, and I would recommend it (and have) to anyone and everyone with the ability to read! Five Stars all the Way!
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I chose to read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender almost spontaneously based on the lyricism of the title. I was not disappointed!
I had been scouring websites and reading lists for a book to fill the absence after reading The Night Circus, at least a year ago, and this book was on one of the lists. After I seeing the title, I purchased, downloaded, and began the book, without the slightest idea what it was about. This is entirely contrary to my usual methods, but I am so glad that I did. I should say, I proceeded to read the entire book in one go and am tempted to start all over again.
I have often described The Night Circus as a quiet and gentle book. This has that same feel, which is an odd description, since three generations of women have none had the luxury of a gentle life.
Smells and textures and the beauty of surroundings have stayed with me and I want to step onto the white porch of the faded periwinkle blue house with the onion turret and the baby windows at the end of Pinnacle Lane.
This is magical realism with the feel of Like Water for Chocolate.