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301 pages, Hardcover
First published March 27, 2014
The following is the story of my young life as I remember it. It is the truth as I know it. Of the stories and the myths that surrounded my family and my life — some of them thoughtfully scattered by you perhaps — let it be said that, in the end, I found all of them to be strangely, even beautifully, true.
But more than that, she learned how to worry. She, who’d always thought love’s only companion was sorrow, learned that worry came hand in hand with love.
There it was again. Fate.
"Love makes us such fools."Ava Lavender’s family has a history of tragic love stories. Her great-grandmother, Maman; grandmother, Emilienne; and mother, Viviane’s stories are all told through this generational saga exploring themes of love and love lost.
“And that might just be the root of the problem: we're all afraid of each other, wings or no wings.”
“Just because love don't look the way you think it should, don't mean you don't have it.”
To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost.