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Anna-Marie McLemore

Author of When the Moon Was Ours

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Works by Anna-Marie McLemore

When the Moon Was Ours (2016) 797 copies
Wild Beauty (2017) 686 copies
The Weight of Feathers (2015) 414 copies
Blanca and Roja (2018) 378 copies
Dark and Deepest Red (2020) 319 copies
Miss Meteor (2020) 171 copies
The Mirror Season (2021) 139 copies
Lakelore (2022) 134 copies
Venom & Vow (2023) 41 copies
Magical Mayhem 2 copies
Ay Bizimken (2022) 1 copy
Wild beauty 1 copy

Associated Works

Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft (2018) — Contributor — 363 copies
A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology (2020) — Contributor — 190 copies
Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space (2022) — Contributor — 126 copies
Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes, Transformed (2022) — Contributor — 121 copies
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love (2019) — Contributor — 117 copies
That Way Madness Lies (2021) — Contributor — 110 copies
Color outside the Lines: Stories about Love (2019) — Contributor — 81 copies
At Midnight: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined (2022) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Collectors: Stories (2023) — Contributor — 42 copies


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Common Knowledge

20th century
Short biography
McLemore is a queer, trans, mixed-race Latinx author. They are nonbinary and prefers they/them pronouns.



YA about girls with flower magic in Name that Book (August 2020)


Gr 8 Up—Ciela, a pansexual Mexican American girl, and Lock, a white boy who is new to the community, were
raped at the same party. Ciela pursues a friendship with Lock to help them work through their trauma. This lyrical
book, full of magical realism and layered characters, is an honest and frank look at consent, power, and the
aftermath of assault.
BackstoryBooks | 4 other reviews | Apr 1, 2024 |
Dark and Deepest Red is a gorgeous and smart magical realist remix of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes" that flits back and forth in time (the present day vs the early 16th century) to weave a lyrical fairy tale about generational trauma, the pressure to "pass"/inexpressible identities (Romani, Mexican, and trans, respectively), and the powers of love, empathy, and self-acceptance. As usual, McLemore's lush prose and sophisticated understanding of magic and monstrosity (and their roles in the histories of queer communities, especially those of color) put her work head and shoulders above most YA fairy tale retellings.

I'm presently writing a dissertation on positive reclamations of monstrosity in queer YA (including a chapter on witches/witchcraft) and was desperately looking for more novels with representation of communities of color and/or trans representation, and Dark and Deepest Red absolutely did not disappoint. I'll absolutely be discussing it in one of my chapters... which means I have to restructure my outline! ....yay? It'll definitely be worth it, though, as I cannot recommend this book enough.

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a digital arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Chaucerettescs | 7 other reviews | Mar 9, 2024 |
This book's has an incredibly rich atmosphere, and the colors, and visual details are beautiful. If I could have read it in one shot, I probably would have loved it, but I put it down and never felt compelled to finish it.
mslibrarynerd | 24 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |
This books started slow, but I loved it tremendously. It had the romantic, dreamy, vibe of The Night Circus, and a star crossed love that I am all in for.
mslibrarynerd | 26 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |



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