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Elegant, simple, and heartbreaking,
This review is from: The Girl with Glass Feet (Paperback)
This book is really, truly special. Not a conventional love story, it is rather a story in which love is a central theme: the characters act out of love or against love; they are damaged by love and nourished by it. In some cases, they allow love into their lives; in others they deny it. All this happens against the fantastical backdrop of St Hauda's land, a deftly realised archipelago to the North of the 'mainland' (is it England? The USA? Japan?). The place combines the everyday with the magical; but it's magic that happens at the peripheries, only occasionally seeping into the lives of the islands inhabitants unless deliberately sought out. The muted hues of winter grace the novel with an austere beauty, and Ali Shaw's majestically subtle description makes for delightful reading. I really cannot recommend this highly enough: it is a novel of grace and power, and one well worth adding to your collection.