Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton
Ostensibly a story about the "price" of love, I never really felt that the novel made whatever point it wanted to make. But I also didn't care. The writing is clearly from the school of "magical realism" and was reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic One Hundred Years of Solitude. Like that novel, Walton has created a richly detailed cultural landscape that is a joy to dive into. The complicated web of relationships between the dozens of vivid and memorable characters and the events that occur to them makes this a pleasure to read.