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.