I like to think that he saw me, the loosened ends of my long bandages and the wispy tangled curls of my hair reaching out to the wind, the skirt of my nightgown billowing in the melodic waves. I like to think that he watched as I climbed over the side of the rickety widow’s walk, my toes perched on the ledge, my fingers clasped lightly to the railing behind me. Perhaps he noted, with quiet irony, that never before had anyone more resembled an angel. I like to think that he marveled at the mass of bandages that unraveled completely and tumbled to the ground, and at the pair of pure white wings, large and strong, that unfolded from my shoulder blades.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is about love: unrequited and impossible, elation, loss, and suffering; in the midst of it, a girl is born with wings. First, readers follow the relentless suffering of Ava's immigrant family over the course of three generations. This chronicle culminates in her birth. Set in 1950s Seattle, Ava's mother and grandmother shelter winged Ava from the community in order to protect her. However, as any blossoming teen, Ava longs to fit in with her peers. In this novel, Leslye Walton writes about a teenage girl's exploration of self and her place in an unexplored world.
I absolutely LOVED this book! It’s beautifully written with incredible imagery. I felt as if I opened the book and walked right into the scenes described. Walton delivers a rich and full story that provides the context for Ava's plight; she weaves together stories across generations à la Marquez. I also adored the characters and was invested in their outcome. I liked the dark, traditional fairy tale/fable feel of the novel - sobbed at the end of it, but strangely hopeful and satisfied despite tragedy. If you like magical realism or emotional stories, this is a must read!
Older Disney fans will be thrilled with this show!
“Once Upon a Time,” as its name suggests, is about fairy tales. The catch? The fairy tale characters live in modern times... and they don’t remember who they are.
Snow White is a schoolteacher; Rumpelstiltskin is a successful businessman; and the Evil Queen who cast them to our time? She’s the town mayor. While there are literally dozens of famous storybook characters spotlighted in the show its focuses are the Evil Queen, Snow, and the people they’ve both loved.
Why you may like this: Disney fans will smile when characters are revealed as they tend to follow the Disney telling of the tales rather than the Grimm versions. It’s exceptionally cheeky and fun with a dash of intrigue.
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
Run Time: 946 minutes
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