The Weight of Feathers

The Weight of Feathers

Book - 2015
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Although Lace Paloma knows all about the feud between the Palomas and the Corbeaus, she finds herself falling for Cluck Corbeau when he saves her life while both families are performing in the same town.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250058652
1250058651
Characteristics: viii, 308 p. ; 22 cm

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Romeo & Juliet retelling suggestion


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Amy_50
May 06, 2017

Loved it! This is an amazing example of magical realism. Cluck and Lace are both amazing characters. Once I got to the last 50 pages or so, I couldn't put it down--the ending is a beautiful, page turning finish.

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akzfineart
Feb 16, 2017

One of the best examples of magical realism! Add Anna-Marie McLemore to your auto-buy list - her writing is gorgeous and captivating! THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a beautiful tale of star-crossed lovers; a retelling of Romeo and Juliet that turns into something much more original and sure to enthral and fascinate readers for years to come.

At the beginning, magic exists only as a rumour, an idea to the reader and I loved that as you read on, it became more real and concrete. It of course always retains that sense of mystery, hence the term 'magical realism'. The reader understands this is taking place in America, but we are not quite sure on the exact time or location. I loved this and felt it made the book all the more relatable - I could imagine these characters anywhere. We see the Romeo and Juliet theme in the form of two rival families, who can't quite agree on when and why they became rivals. There are the two lovers, Cluck and Lace - characters I immediately fell in love with. Seriously, my heart broke thinking about the hardships they had to go through.

Yet, this book turns into something you haven't quite read before. There is magic and heartache, and writing that reads like poetry. Crows and mermaids, feathers and scales. You may think you know what this book is about, but you end up getting so much more! I absolutely love McLemore's work and I will 100% recommend anything she writes.

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shayshortt
Jun 28, 2016

The tension in this story builds slowly, and so many answers are not immediately forthcoming. But McLemore’s atmospheric prose and my own curiosity kept me going. The subtle magical elements also serve as contrasting imagery, further setting the two families apart... Inevitably, I was sucked into the forbidden romance and magic realism, and found myself enjoying the story despite the slow start.

kirstd31 Mar 30, 2016

A different and interesting tale. Lace is a strong independent character and Cluck is sensitive and brave. Good story.

ellie_o Mar 14, 2016

Best magical realism since "The Night Circus." It's beautiful and perfectly dark. Just the right amount of romance. Definitely a new favorite - I'm so glad that I have a signed copy!!

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shayshortt
Jun 28, 2016

The Corbeaus and the Palomas have been rivals for more than twenty years. As travelling performers, every year they cross paths at the Almendro blackberry festival, and their simmering hatred threatens to destroy both shows. Sixteen-year-old Lace Paloma has just become a mermaid in her family’s river performance, and she knows only what they have told her about the Corbeaus. She has never seen them perform, and tries to steer clear their magia negra. So when she tells off her cousins for beating a young man she assumes to be an Almendro local, none of them realizes that this is the reclusive Cluck Corbeau, who builds the wings in which the Corbeaus perform as they dance through the treetops. And when Cluck carries her to the hospital after a disaster strikes Almendro, he doesn’t realize he has touched la magie noire of the Palomas. But when Lace’s family learns the truth, they cast her out, and Lace seeks out Cluck, determined to free herself of his curse.

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shayshortt
Jun 28, 2016

“On ne marie pas les poules avec les renards. One does not wed hens with foxes.”

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