The Weight of Feathers

Author(s): Anna-Marie McLemore

Adult Fiction

A finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, Anna-Marie McLemore's The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

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 to keep her distance from the Corbeaus. She's heard the rumors that their fearlessness of heights is from the devil himself, and that simply touching a Corbeau could mean death. 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 Corbeaus' world, 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.


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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.

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. "Kirkus Reviews" 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" 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""

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781250058652
  • : St. Martin's Press
  • : St. Martin's Press
  • : 0.404
  • : September 2015
  • : 210mm X 139mm X 34mm
  • : United States
  • : October 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anna-Marie McLemore
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : [Fic]
  • : 320