If you’re anything like me, Sharon Heath’s luminous The History of My Body will have you on the horns of a delicious dilemma immediately. You’ll want to rush through the story to see what happens next, even as you’ll want to linger on each page for the sheer glory of its language. Sharon Heath is an exceptional writer and The History of My Body is an extraordinary novel. Our heroine, Fleur, has moved into my pantheon of favorite fictional characters. She is, by turns, beguiling, funny, brave, exasperating and heartbreaking. The supporting cast is equally delightful—these are definitely people you’ll want to spend time with. As Fleur comes of age, lurching from crisis to acclaim and back again, she captured my heart, as I’m certain she’ll snag yours. I left her world with the greatest reluctance, but I have two consolations: The Fleur Trilogy Volumes Two and Three await. Highly recommended.