Finally!!! I have had The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valante on my to-read list for so long – for a while they had the audiobook available through the library but not the ebook. I just discovered that they did get the ebook after all – and I devoured it!
With a narrator who swoops in and out with comments on the story, this book is the tale of an intrepid little girl and her adventures in fairyland.
September is twelve years old. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and lives a dull, ordinary life. Her father is off at war and her mother works as a machinist fixing engines. While September washes teacups (yet again) by the window in her kitchen, the Green Wind invites her on an adventure. September jumps so quickly at the chance she leaves one of her shoes behind!
The Green Wind takes September to Fairyland, where September discovers there is much adventure but also many who need her help. Before long, she encounters the Marquess, the fickle and cruel ruler of Fairyland. September is coerced into retrieving a valuable item in order to save her new-found friends, a literary Wyvern and a mysterious blue boy named Saturday.
This was a charming read, with enough magic and adventure to satisfy. The characters are delightful, especially A-through-L, the Wvyern. The story suits and adventure, but dips into heartache, loss, and growth. It’s whimsical and fancy, with lots of delicious vocabulary (e.g. widdershins).
I thought it was a delightful story and I am so glad there are more to follow!