Not The TV Book Group was chosen by Simon of Savidge Reads and is The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw. I don't know of a better book to promote discussion so this was a great choice. The book club is meeting today here.
This is the story of the magical and terrible St. Hauda's Land -- where a mythical creature turns other animals white with a glance, tiny moth-winged cattle buzz in a secret pen and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning to glass from the toes up. But just as prevalent as the impossible are the all too possible failings of the residents of the island. Midas Crook is one of the most flawed -- unable to view the world except through the lens of a camera, crippled by the memory of his dead father and afraid to be touched. And yet something magical happens between Ida and Midas and they try their hardest to come together despite everything.
This was a very thought-provoking book. Midas and Ida were both sympathetic and yet maddening at the same time. The magical and real are placed side-by-side in this novel in a way that is both comforting and unsettling. This is a novel of contradictions -- about heredity and about change -- and I'm sure I will be thinking about it for a long time to come.
Feeling the warmth through the hard chill,
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