When the Moon Was Ours (Hardcover)

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Best friends Miel and Sam are strange and inseparable. Roses grow out of Meil’s wrists and Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees.  When the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches, want the roses that grow from Meil’s skin, the story becomes especially suspenseful. Meil needs to protect herself but she also would do anything to keep Sam safe and his secrets from being revealed. Using ethereal language and magical realism, When the Moon Was Ours is a beautifully written romance with multicultural elements and LGBT themes.  It is also an inspiring, honest story about best friends who fall in love and have to decide how they want to define themselves in this world.

~ Eight Cousins

— From Holiday Picks 2016

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Winner of the 2016 Tiptree Award
Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Stonewall Book Award Honor

"McLemore's second novel is such a lush surprising fable, you half expect birds to fly out of the pages... McLemore uses the supernatural to remind us that the body's need to speak its truth is primal and profound, and that the connection between two people is no more anyone's business than why the dish ran away with the spoon."
--Jeff Giles, New York Times Book Review

Anna-Marie McLemore's debut novel The Weight of Feathers was greeted with rave reviews, a YALSA Morris Award nomination, and spots on multiple "Best YA Novels" lists. Now, McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel, again tinged with magic.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose, When the Moon was Ours is another winner from this talented author.

About the Author


ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and grew up in a Mexican-American family. She attended University of Southern California on a Trustee Scholarship. A Lambda Literary Fellow, she has had work featured by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, CRATE Literary Magazine's cratelit, Camera Obscura's Bridge the Gap Series, and The Portland Review. She is the author of The Weight of Feathers and When the Moon was Ours.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250058669
ISBN-10: 125005866X
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English