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Night Circus meets Hatfields and McCoys, draped in the most gorgeous prose you'll read all year. For years, the Palomas, a family of performing mermaids, and the Corbeaus, performing tree climbers, have been locked in a bitter rivalry. When disaster strikes their town, Corbeau boy Cluck and Lace Paloma’s lives collide, and both families will never be the same. A stunningly romantic debut novel about family, identity, and standing up for those you love.
Mackenzie— From The Weight of Feathers
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 that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. 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 world of the Corbeaus, 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.