Another new crush. Unfortunately, this author doesn't have a backlog of books for me to read my way through.
Leslye Walton's debut novel The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender came out in 2014. It's a Morris Award nominee, and oh boy does it deserve it.
Walton has an MA in writing, and she also teaches middle school (brave soul!). She lives in Seattle, and I think that fondness for the Pacific Northwest definitely comes through in Ava Lavender.
Walton's prose is extraordinary beautiful and lyrical. I wanted more constantly. I cannot wait for her next book to be published.