The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning young adult novel about two teens who fall in love despite the almost impossible odds against them.
Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and grew up in a Mexican-American family. She attended University of Southern California on a Trustee Scholarship. A Lambda Literary Fellow, she has had work featured by the Huntington - USC Institute on California and the West, CRATE Literary Magazine's cratelit, Camera Obscura's Bridge the Gap series, and The Portland Review. The Weight of Feathers is her first novel.
"The Weight of Feathers is one of the most stunning books
I have read in years, and one that I desperately wish I had
written. Equal parts heartbreaking, insightful, and charming, it's
a truly unforgettable read. McLemore's gift for finding perfectly
unique turns of phrase astounds, but equally important is her
ability to bring to life fully-realized characters that you'll want
to live with long after you turn the last page of this exceptional
debut." --I.W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above"Readers
beguiled by the languorous language-a striking mix of French and
Spanish phrases, wry colloquialism, lush imagery, and elevated
syntax-will find themselves falling under its spell. The
third-person narration alternates between Lace and Cluck, doling
out twists and building to a satisfying, romantic conclusion. A
contemporary, magical take on an ever compelling theme."
"Lush, elegant language, peppered with Spanish and French phrases, lends this romance an ethereal feel well suited to the book's magical elements." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW"McLemore's prose is ethereal and beguiling, the third-person narration inflected with Spanish and French words and phrases that reflect the non-magical aspects of the Paloma and Corbeau heritage. The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms between these two outcasts will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families' history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel." --Publishers Weekly "In this tale of magical realism, the magic is so deftly woven into the fabric of the story, readers might overlook the more subtle moments. Told with skillful poetic nuances, this Romeo-and-Juliet story of forbidden love will entice fans of Maggie Stiefvater's "Raven Cycle" who wished for a little more romance." --School Library Journal"You've never read a love story quite like this... Anna-Marie McLemore has created in entirely imaginative world and rich characters that will pull you in as if she's spinning magic herself." --Bustle"McLemore's prose is vivid, with carefully chosen, colourful details giving readers a clear sense of place and character. An air of mysterious fantasy enshrouds the whole book, pulling the reader through it as if in a spell. McLemore is a writer to watch." --The Guardian"A gripping, beautifully rendered story with prose reminiscent of Eva Luna and a fantastical world as captivating as that of The Night Circus." --Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes"Scales and feathers touch and burn in McLemore's stunning debut. The beauty of the language wraps around you, not letting go until long after the final page." --Jaleigh Johnson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Mark of the Dragonfly and Secrets of Solace"Draws us into a world that's magical but still feels very, very real. The writing is beautiful, fluid, lyrical. I never wanted this story to end." --Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves"A gorgeous debut, lush and heart-tuggingly romantic, full of bittersweet magic." --Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles"An unmissable story... Will leave you enchanted till the last page. Beautiful." --Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer"A dazzling debut full of imaginative flair, long-buried secrets, and hypnotic power. It drew me in with its gorgeous passages and left me reeling with a fantastical story about love and struggling against the confines of family and creating a life all your own, .--Nova Ren Suma, author of The Walls Around Us and Imaginary Girls