October 25, 2016

REVIEW: THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS BY ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE (DEBUT NOVEL)


As we count down to Halloween and Day of the Dead this week,
The Latina Book Club will bring you some “dark and intriguing” books to stay up late with. 
Happy Reading.  And always, Read Latino! 



Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press

For never was a story of more woe 
than this of Juliet and her Romeo. 
 William Shakespeare



Romeo and Juliet meets Cirque du Soleil!

Warring families of traveling performers butt heads and fists over old feuds and superstitions. Matters become worse when Lace Paloma is saved by Cluck Corbeau. Yes, her grandmother would rather see her dead than in debt to her enemy. Lace gets kicked out of her family, and so naturally she moves in with Cluck’s. He is not prepared for the fallout over his good deed, but he’s not sorry either. And when Cupid’s arrow hits them, they will stand firm against both families to protect their love.

Congratulations to Anna-Marie McLemore on a fascinating debut! 

In THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, she weaves fact and fairy-tale cleverly and seamlessly into a mesmerizing, magical tapestry that captivates readers from the first page until the last. We love the kooky cast of characters, and the continuous action and angst. Fans of magical realism are in for a treat!




BOOK SUMMARY:  For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find. Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press), was a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, will be released in October 2016, and WILD BEAUTY  in 2017. Some of her shorter work has been featured in The Portland Review, CRATE Literary Magazine’s “cratelit,” Camera Obscura’s Bridge the Gap Gallery, and by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Anna-Marie was a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction. She lives in Northern California with a boy from the other side of the Rockies. 

Anna-Marie has a new book out now, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS. It’s equally captivating, and full of magic and wonder! Learn more about it and the author at http://author.annamariemclemore.com.



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