Growing Wings

In anticipation of Carl V’s upcoming Once Upon a Time reading challenge, (due to start soon) I read Growing Wings, by Laurel Winter, on my Kindle.  Here’s what captured my attention, from an article in Rambles, a Cultural Magazine:

By the time Linnet is 11, she is accustomed to her mother’s rules and rituals, even if she doesn’t understand them. She can’t cut her hair. They live apart from everyone else. And every night, when her mother thinks Linnet is asleep, she touches Linnet’s shoulder blades. One night, Linnet’s shoulder blades itch and ache and develop strange bumps, and Linnet learns the truth.

She’s growing wings.

Growing Wings is Laurel Winter’s first book, and was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in 2001.  It’s an interesting book although the writing seems a little labored in places. But the story catches you quickly as you watch Linnet try to find answers to why this is happening to her and where in the world she might belong.  An interesting read, and a nice way to warm up for Carl V’s Once Upon a Time IV challenge.

11 thoughts on “Growing Wings

  1. Kay Guest

    Hello! Thank you for telling your readers about this book. As a child, I read a book that reminds me of this one… a young boy finds a jar in old garage and the instructions on the jar said to “rub on shoulders”… he did so and then woke up to find he had wings! I loved that story and have never forgotten it… although, I have no memory of the name of the book or the author! I have often thought of that story, so you see how Laurel Winter’s book would make me happy. (And hey, I LOVE that the author sent you a comment, just for that alone I would want to buy her book!)


  2. Kay Guest

    Just a thought… one of my favorite books is ANGELS WITHOUT WINGS by Jane Vonnegut Yarmolinsky. It is NON FICTION but please, don’t let that put you off… it is beautifully written and the story is one that you will never forget.


  3. deslily

    I don’t know why but when I read something like this review I find myself wondering how it would feel (in this case) to grow wings.. are we not to wonder about things like that? is that why fantasy isn’t considered proper literature??.. good review glad you enjoyed it!


  4. Patty

    This book looks spellbinding and just the sort of book I yearn for right now…both of my parents died within a few months of each other and fantasy has been my way to heal…I am not even sure why or even if it is ok…but it is certainly helping.



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