If I Promise You Wings


By A.K. Small

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Hold Still meets You've Reached Sam in this lyrical novel about one young woman's journey through the Paris fashion scene as she chases promises, overcomes grief, and falls in love.

Alix Leclaire has a plan: graduate high school and land her dream job as a feather artist at Mille et une Plume, where her creations will help define high fashion. Her best friend Jeanne will get a record contract and they’ll take over the Paris art scene together. 

But then Jeanne dies.

Alix is lost, until the day she feels Jeanne pushing her to the feather boutique. Soon, Alix is living a life she hardly recognizes—pursuing a passionate affair with an alluring artist, stealing feathers for her own creations, risking everything as Jeanne once did. But then Alix meets Blaise, the dreamy musician who comforts her, centers her, challenges her. 

Torn between two beautiful boys and coping with grief, Alix’s art takes on a frightening and wild beauty. Living like Jeanne has given her everything she thought she wanted—but she must decide whether to hide in Jeanne’s shadow or soar on her own wings.

  • “Small transports readers to Paris in this dreamy portrait of grief, fashion, and love… Unhurried, ethereal prose works well to present this fanciful rendition of learning how to move on. Elements of seemingly unlimited freedom, found family, impossible dreams, and dancing on the Eiffel Tower in the rain make this lyrical novel a sure thing for romantics and Francophiles alike.”
    Publishers Weekly
  • "Set in dazzling, breathtaking Paris, If I Promise You Wings draws readers into Small’s vibrant world of plumes... A sparkling, unusual novel."
  • "Readers will feel quickly at home among the feather bins at Mille et une Plume and get swept up in the life Alix creates for herself.... Her steamy romantic ­entanglements with the shop owner’s charming son and Jeanne’s friend, a guitarist, will satisfy romance-lovers, though it doesn’t detract from Alix’s story of working toward her dreams and reckoning with her memory of her late friend.
    VERDICT A charming story of personal growth that glitters with the art and culture of modern Paris."
    School Library Journal
  • "A prettily executed account of a young woman learning how to spread her wings… Readers will remain intrigued by the locale and atmosphere until the finale."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "If I Promise You Wings is a beautiful masterpiece—vivid, immersive, and a heart-wrenching depiction of grief and healing. A. K. Small has written absolute magic."
    Rachael Lippincott, New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart
  • "A. K. Small is a conjurer of precise beauty. If I Promise You Wings is an exquisite tale of artistic ambition, the dreams of youth, the weight of friendship, and (of course) the thing with feathers. If you know, you know. An absolute stunner of a novel."
    Anna Godbersen, bestselling author of the Luxe series

On Sale
Jan 16, 2024
Page Count
336 pages

A.K. Small

A.K. Small

About the Author

A. K. Small is the author of Bright Burning Stars, now a major motion picture called Birds of Paradise. She was born in Paris, France. At five years old, she studied classical dance with the legendary Max Bozzoni, then later with Daniel Franck and Monique Arabian at the famous Académie Chaptal. At thirteen, she moved to the United States, where she danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for one summer and with the Richmond Ballet Student Company for several years. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband, her puppy, and her three daughters, and practices yoga.

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