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The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
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Jun 01, 2010

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Ali Shaw has written a wonderful parable in his first novel. For anyone who has ever dealt with a life-threatening condition (either personally or in the case of a loved one), reading this book is relevant. For anyone who might ever have to deal with a life-threatening condition, reading this book is prudent. The book is an exploration of love, loss, and wonder, set in a magical archipelago inhabited by Dickensian characters, miniature moth-winged cattle, a mysterious creature with the medusa-like power to turn all living things white with a glance, and jellyfish that glow when they die. The cold sea surrounding St. Hauda's Land is filled with narwhals and the pervasiveness of death. In this dark, cold, and magical land, Midas struggles to relate to a world of people in which he feels himself an alien, turning all he sees into photographic images that allow him to keep his distance from touch, love, or other dangerous involvements that might show him to be truly his hated father's son. Into his life comes a young woman whose needs force him to come to terms with his true nature and with a world built on relationships. In the novel, as in life, love cannot conquer all, but love can make life true, and it is truth that makes us free.
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