Acclaimed author Priya Sharma transports readers back in time with Ormeshadow, a coming-of-age story as dark and rich as good soil.
Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.
Uprooted from Bath by his...more
This book is for people who liked Wuthering Heights--who love books about horrible people brooding on moors and everything being awful. But in a beautiful way. I love dark and achy, but bleak isn't my thing, and Ormeshadow has bleak down to an art.
The prose is absolutely gorgeous, graceful and flowing from one chapter--vignette?--to the next with a lyrical darkness I've rarely experienced outside of ...more
With mention of gallows and dragons you feel the age in this tale, with the transportation to a village in ormeshadow England, Ormesleep farm, from townhouses of Bath,
in days of old, a family of three, with a young boy with aspirations, wonderment, enchantment and mystery, the searchings in a place where peace and solace may or may not be found.
Complexities of new terrain with new ...more
I'm a bit biased at this point, as Sharma is one of my favorite active writers, but this flipped all my usual switches. If you're looking for something short and not-sweet, simmering with emotion and jealousy and atmospherically dismal moors, here's your thing!
I had no idea what to expect when I started Ormeshadow , but I have to say this was a surprise of the best kind. Priya Sharma has written a dark and dangerous family drama ...more
I thought we were past this, as a literary nation. I thought that we had (mostly) put the old sexist tropes to bed and moved on to better things. Apparently not.
Ormeshadow is about a nice and long-suffering boy who must put up with his mother, who is a slut who enjoys sex and wears pretty dresses even though she knows it attracts the attention of other men.
Yes, really. That’s the plot of this garbage book.
I read a lot of books. Some are good, some are bad. I’m not usually offended by the ...more
Ormeshadow is quite different from All The Fabulous Beasts, and I mention this ...more
I had to do a little digging around for clarification about whether this was or was not a debut, and long and the short of it is, this is Priya Sharma's debut standalone novella, although it's certainly not her first book (her collection of short stories, All the Fabulous Beasts has received wide acclaim, as well as individual short pieces collected here and there by Ellen Datlow and others). To put it simply, Sharma's is a name you might ...more
There are so many reasons to like this book, to love this book, and above all, to buy this book.
Ormeshadow could be called ’fantasy’ but I would call it a “story” in its fullest sense. This is the kind of story you imagine you’d find in a history before rigorous fact-checking robbed humanity of its best lies. This is the ...more
I went into Ormeshadow with no idea what this novel was about I hadn't even read the blurb I just loved the front cover. And I loved it!
Although this novel is classed as fantasy it is set in a bleak Victorian England, where life was turmoil and claustrophobic, where magic struggled to survive. The fantasy element of this novella are subtle and weaved into the tale bringing ...more
(Also, there seems to be a side-theme where various female ...more
Gideon Belman has had his entire life uprooted. He and his parents have had to suddenly move back to the Ormeshadow Farm – the family farm. Gideon isn’t happy about that, being that he was never well suited to that sort of ...more
I found this book to quite endearing. The premise of a family returning home and the history that comes to light ...more
If you are feeling strong enough, have any taste at all for both Le Guin and ...more
I waited half a year to read this and I was bored and occasionally annoyed when I finally did. There's something distinctly old fashioned and prissy about the whole thing; lots of uncomplicated pearl clutching about sexual infidelity and women who like sex. Sharma can do better than this, so I'm going to blame Ellen Datlow, who was apparently the guiding editorial light of this whole mess, ...more
I can easily understand why this book has received the great reviews it has. Sharma effortlessly paints a story that is so haunting, yet so vivid. No words are wasted, a lessor Author would of fluffed it out but Sharma hits every note on point.
Families are complicated, even more so on Ormeshadow farm. Characters are real and the mood is cast like a thick fog from the first sentence.
“Fabulous Beasts” was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and won a British ...more