Midas Crook has lived on the island all his life, and longs to escape the dreariness and monotony he finds there. Through his photography, he captures images of what he imagines a different life could be, and when he captures an image of Ida, the stranger with the large boots and even larger secrets, Midas soon realizes his life is about to change.
Even as Ida and Midas become close, the swirl of family secrets and clandestine relationships threaten their relationship. But they diligently search for Fuwa together, not realizing the man’s infatuation with Midas’ mother could prove an obstacle in their pursuit of answers for Ida’s quest. When they finally confront him, Fuwa explains there is no cure for the bizarre ailment and Ida must come to gripes with the reality of her certain demise – she will certainly turn entirely to glass.
In his debut novel, Ali Shaw has created a magically emotional, although at times dismal tale of romance and courage with “The Girl With The Glass Feet.” Shaw’s intimate, melancholy story has a complicated plot that at times is hard to keep straight with all the various clandestine relationships between all the parental figures, but the central story of Midas and Ida is tender and heartwrenching. Shaw has a brilliant imagination that is evidenced by the fanciful creations of the moth-winged cattle that flit throughout the story, and his command of the complicated but fascinating role as storyteller puts him in the good company of the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Their stories were not always for children, you know.
All good fairytales have a moral lesson within them, and “The Girl With The Glass Feet” is no exception. Its moral comes from the slightly insane Henry, who tells Ida “… carry on with things. Live your life. Don’t mess with the mumbo jumbo.” Wise words, indeed.