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WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS Hardcover – 4 October 2016

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  • Publisher : MACMILLAN USA (4 October 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 125005866X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250058669
  • Reading age : 14 - 17 years
  • Dimensions : 14.66 x 2.55 x 21.74 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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A Kirkus Best Book of 2016
A Booklist Editor's Choice

With luminous prose infused with Latino folklore and magical realism, this mixes fairy-tale ingredients with the elegance of a love story, with all of it rooted in a deeply real sense of humanity. Lovely, necessary, and true. --Booklist (starred)

McLemore mesmerizes once again with a lush narrative set at the thresholds of identity, family, and devotion... Readers will be ensnared in this ethereal narrative long before they even realize the net has been cast. --Kirkus (starred)

Readers who stick with this novel will be rewarded with a love story that is as endearingly old-fashioned as it is modern and as fantastical as it is real. --School Library Journal (starred)

It is a story of secrets, and of speaking them, and the power of saying-and living-your truth, without fear. --Lambda Literary

McElmore blends magical elements with a culturally vibrant cast to create a haunting modern fairy tale...Lush, reverential language remains a hallmark of McElmore's work... Readers interested in gender identity and the pull of family and history will find this to be an engrossing exploration of these and other powerful themes. --Publishers Weekly

McLemore's lush writing gives way to a necessary tale of love and truth that spans across gender, sexuality, and even ethnicity--all with just a hint of magic. --Nivea Serrao for Entertainment Weekly

You've never read a book quite like this one...The story is lush, sexy, and ethereal, making you feel like you've been enraptured by some old fairy tale that, strangely, feels completely modern at the same time. --Bustle

One of the most delightfully unusual YA fantasy novels of the past year. There's dark magic, deep friendship, and queer romance bound together by a lovely, well-written narrative. --Tor.com

McLemore dances deftly across genres, uniquely weaving glistening strands of culture, myth, dream, mystery, love, and gender identity to create a tale that resonated to my core. It's that rare kind of book that you want to read slowly, deliciously, savoring every exquisite sentence. I adored this book. --Laura Resau, Américas Award Winning Author of Red Glass and The Queen of Water

Lushly written and surprisingly suspenseful, this magical tale is not just a love story, but a story of the secrets we keep and the lies we tell, and the courage it takes to reveal our authentic selves to each other and to the world. --Laura Ruby, Printz Award Winning-Author of Bone Gap

Ethereal and beguiling... The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms between these two outcasts will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families' history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel. --Publishers Weekly on The Weight of Feathers

Told with skillful poetic nuances, this Romeo-and-Juliet story of forbidden love will entice fans of Maggie Stiefvater's "Raven Cycle" who wished for a little more romance. --School Library Journal on The Weight of Feathers

A very imaginative modern-day romance akin to Romeo and Juliet and is infused with the whimsy of magical realism. --RT Book Reviews on The Weight of Feathers

Readers beguiled by the languorous language...will find themselves falling under its spell...A contemporary, magical take on an ever compelling theme. --Kirkus Reviews on The Weight of Feathers

Scales and feathers touch and burn in McLemore's stunning debut. The beauty of the language wraps around you, not letting go until long after the final page."
--Jaleigh Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Dragonfly and Secrets of Solace onThe Weight of Feathers

About the Author

Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature; WILD BEAUTY, a Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist best book of 2017; BLANCA & ROJA, a New York TimesBook Review Editors' Choice; DARK AND DEEPEST RED, a Winter 2020 Indie Next List title; and the forthcoming THE MIRROR SEASON.

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