It’s Grace here, and today I’m talking about the first book I’ve read in my time at school – the book that kept me up until 2 A.M. reading obsessively in our common room. Legitimately dropped everything for this book, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Y’all know my love for Anna-Marie McLemore. When I first heard about The Weight of Feathers over a year ago (I attempted to hunt it down at BEA 2015), I knew I had to have it. She writes magical realism so lusciously, in a way that feels like a fairytale. Plus, McLemore makes diversity a priority, so her books reverberate.
When the Moon Was Ours surpassed my expectations, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share it with y’all. Without further ado…
Novel: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore | Goodreads
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (SMP/Macmillan)
Source: NetGalley (Publisher)
When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.
But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
With that loveliness, I can also tell you that When the Moon Was Ours was just longlisted for the National Book Award! So deserved. I’m reviewing this on the blog this week! I have so many aspects of it I can’t wait to discuss, and I’ll definitely use all the space that I can on here. Gorgeous, gorgeous book.
Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, raised in the same town as the world’s largest wisteria vine, and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. Her debut novel THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, will be released on October 4, 2016, and WILD BEAUTY is forthcoming in 2017.
This book is a work of art. To show y’all for sure, I’ve been given the opportunity to share an excerpt with y’all. (Also, this is a little thing but I do love the typeface and the way When the Moon Was Ours is laid out.)
Without further ado…