Friday, January 15, 2010

A Modern Fairy Tale

There's a reason that Ali Shaw's debut book, The Girl With Glass Feet, is already being nominated for awards: it's quite simply a magical and beautifully told story. The book, originally released last year in the UK, hit American shelves on January 5.

Time is running out for Ida Maclaird: she is turning to glass. Her one hope lies on the tiny island of St. Hauda's Land, where a passing comment made in one fleeting moment, overheard on her summer trip there, has led Ida to believe that one man might be able to help her. As Ida searches for the elusive Henry Fuwa, she meets and begins to fall in love with Midas Crook, a man whose own emotions are delicate and guarded thanks to his parents' own failings. Meanwhile, Ida gets help from a man who was once in love with her own mother. Small island connections, strange creatures, and a superb atmosphere give this book a definite classic fairy tale feel, something that was no doubt intentional (and very successful) on the part of Shaw.

As a first book from a young author, I think The Girl With Glass Feet is not only a phenomenal debut, but shows promise of great things to come from Ali Shaw.

For an excerpt, visit the official Girl With Glass Feet page at Henry Holt. You can find Ali Shaw online here.


Alicia said...

This sounds like a great book! Darn my resolution not to buy books :(

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

i really want to read this book. Great review.