From The Weight of Feathers to When the Moon Was Ours, Anna-Marie McLemore has blessed us with gorgeous, mystical writing and magical realism time and time again.  In one of this year’s most anticipated books, Wild Beauty, she once again proves herself a masterful story teller of tales steeped in family, feminism and flowers.

Nomeolvides.

Forget-Me-Not (Flower).

Don’t forget about me.

As the last name of the main characters implies Wild Beauty simply an unforgettable and rare book that will stay with you long after you finish the last page of the novel.  I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour today and bring you music inspired by this work of art.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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¡Bienvenidos! I’m Anna-Marie. I’m a Mexican-American author represented by the fabulous Taylor Martindale Kean of Full Circle Literary. I’m the author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist, and 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. My third novel, WILD BEAUTY, a fairy tale of queer Latina girls and enchanted, murderous gardens, is out on October 3, 2017 from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan. BLANCA & ROJA, a magical realism reimagining of Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake, is forthcoming in 2018.

My historical short stories are forthcoming in the anthologies ALL OUT (Harlequin Teen, 2018), THE RADICAL ELEMENT: TWELVE STORIES OF DAREDEVILS, DEBUTANTES, & OTHER DAUNTLESS GIRLS (Candlewick Press, Spring 2018), and TOIL & TROUBLE (Harlequin Teen, Fall 2018). My shorter work has previously been featured in The Portland Review, CRATE Literary Magazine’s “cratelit,” Camera Obscura’s Bridge the Gap Gallery, and by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

 

#MUSIC MONDAY

I built this playlist as I read the book.  I’ve included reasons why as well as some of the lyrics that struck me and related to the themes I found in the book. This list is a bit melancholy, but I think it captures the souls of my reading experience.

 

  1. Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten:  This song reminds me of both the curse and the beauty of being a Nomeolvides woman.  “Every time the sun comes up / I’m in trouble”
  2. Wooden Arms Are by Patrick Watson:  “I wish I’d be in your wooden arms/That swallowed me into a thousand dreams”
  3. Always Forever by Cults:  This song is dedicated to those the Nomeolvides women love and lose.  “You and me always forever / Say you’ll stay never severed”
  4. Unfucktheworld by Angel Olsen:  There is a certain inevitability to being a Nomeolvides woman. From lost loves to the changing of who owns the house, they are the only constants.  “You may not be around / I am the only one now”
  5. Fade Together by Franz Ferdinand:  “So far away / Come on I’ll take you far away / Let’s get away / Come on let’s make a get away”
  6. A New Life by Jim James:  While this may apply to many of the love stories of La Padrera, this song, especially, applies to Estrella and Fel. “There’s much more star dust when you’re near”
  7. Hiding Tonight by Alex Turner:  “Tomorrow I’ll be stronger, running colorful”
  8. Come On Let’s Go by Broadcast:  This song reminds me of the mysterious and magical Nomeolvides family relationship that can at times almost seem co-dependent.  “You won’t find it by yourself / You’re gonna need some help / And you won’t fail with me around / Come on let’s go”
  9. My Body is a Cage by Arcade Fire:  “My body is a cage that keeps me / From dancing with the one I love”
  10. Always Forgetting with You (The Bridge song) by Spiritualized:  “If you wanna universe, I will be a universe for you”
  11. Chariot by Beach House:  “The rite of the sands / My heart in your hands / Women chasers, the wives abide / You build a plane to take a land you divide”
  12. Sea of Love by Cat Power:  “Come with me my love / To the sea / The sea of love / I want to tell you / How much I love you”
  13. Wildflowers by Tom Petty

 

BLOG TOUR

While today may be the end of the tour, don’t miss out on the exquisite creative content from other bloggers on this tour.

 

Swoony Boys Podcast 26-Sep Podcast or Dreamcast
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Adventures of a Book Junkie 29-Sep Top 5 Reasons to Read Wild Beauty
Never too many to read 30-Sep TBD
Stories & Sweeties 1-Oct Quote Spotlight
YA Wednesdays 2-Oct Music Monday Post

 

Wild Beauty releases tomorrow, October 3, 2017 on Feiwel & Friends, 320 pages.

~Carmen

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