Dark and Deepest Red

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A Winter 2019-2020 Indie Next List Title
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, BookPage, and Shelf-Awareness

"This novel will leave an indelible mark on readers' hearts."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"McLemore's vision and skill inspire awe in this gorgeously rendered novel."
--Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Anna-Marie McLemore has an incandescent talent that burns brighter and hotter with each novel."
--Alex Brown, Tor.com

"Another gorgeous novel that reminders readers of the way fairy tale evils and, more importantly, love have their roots in the real world."
--Booklist, starred review

"A powerful demonstration of McLemore's immense talent."
--BookPage, starred review

"Graceful as a dancing slipper, complex as a chemical reaction, magical as an incantation, DARK AND DEEPEST RED is a masterpiece."
--Elana K. Arnold, Printz Honor author of Damsel and Red Hood

"DARK AND DEEPEST RED is the sort of book that ruins all other books for you. Lush, hypnotic, and an absolute feast for the senses, Anna-Marie McLemore masterfully weaves two love stories across five hundred years and unites them with a fairytale brought to vivid, sumptuous life. McLemore has once again proved themself to be one of the finest writers working today." 
--Mackenzi Lee, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

"A story to wreck your heart, sew it up, and set it free."
--Martha Brockenbrough, author of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary

"Lush, bewitching, and captivating, DARK AND DEEPEST RED shines a triumphant light on the stories of those who have too long had to be silent or lived only in the shadows of history. A lyrical, breathtaking dance through the transformative power of feminist rage, and the power to be found in embracing who you are."
–Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of His Fair Assassin and Courting Darkness.

“Prose that sings, a story that haunts as it elevates, Dark and Deepest Red is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in years. McLemore is a master.”
--Susan Dennard, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Witchlands Series

"Every Anna-Marie McLemore book is a gift, and DARK AND DEEPEST RED is truly something wondrous. Eerily suspenseful, achingly romantic, and fiercely defiant, it is a love story for the overlooked, a fairytale for the outcast, and a triumphant song for those whose stories go untold. It is a book to savor, to embrace, to wrap around your heart to keep out the cold. This book will dance your heart to pieces and then tenderly stitch it back together. "
--Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books

"In 16th century Strasbourg, Lala hides her Romani roots from a world that persecutes her people, especially those looking to explain a mysterious plague that sets people dancing until they fall dead from exhaustion. Somewhere in our world today, a town with a magical glimmer shelters Emil and Rosella, two teens who also hide parts of their identity until a magical pair of red shoes brings them together. Anna-Marie McLemore weaves a historical mystery together with fairy tale magic, stitching an enchanting tale of love and identity lost and reclaimed."
--Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop

"Gnawingly deep prose. Richly woven magic. And, of course, it's not a McLemore novel if it doesn't rip your heart into tiny pieces and lovingly put it back together by the end" 
--Allison Senecal Old Firehouse Books

Two girls.
Five centuries.
One deadly fairy tale.

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore's signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.