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The Girl with Glass Feet

The Girl with Glass Feet
Ali Shaw
Henry Holt and Co
Publish date: 2010-01-05
$24.00
Hardcover

Review:

Ida Maclaird arrived on St. Hauda's islands with a problem: her feet were slowly transforming into glass, "Smooth, clear, shining glass. Glinting crescents of light edged each toenail and each crease between the joints of each digit." The problem was slowly getting worse--the glass was spreading, slowly moving up to her ankle, and she feared it would only continue. Armed with her many thick layers of socks and giant firefighter boots she had come to the islands on a hunch. Once, on a prior trip to the islands, she had heard a drunken man, Henry Fuwada, claim that there were glass people in the bog. Determined to find him, hoping to find a solution, she runs into a host of difficulties.

She stumbles upon the awkward Midas Crook, a young man working at a flower shop. Midas is struggling with his identity, not wanting to become his father. He accidentally uncovers Ida's secret, and is coerced into promising to stay with her as the transformation takes place. The unlikely pair, determined to find a cure, struggle with the imminent future and slowly realize they may be more than just friends.

Ali Shaw's The Girl with Glass Feet is a refreshingly unique novel with great characterization, an engaging plot, and simple yet elegant prose.

   
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