By Keith Donohue
"A magical story of affection and redemption that's as splendidly written because it is appealing . . . Angels earns its wings."
Margaret Quinn lives on my own, quietly mourning the disappearance of her purely baby, who fled ten years prior to affix an intensive pupil workforce often called the Angels of Destruction.
On a chilly winter’s evening, a nine-year-old lady arrives on Margaret’s doorstep, claiming to be an orphan with out position to move. This baby beguiles Margaret, and jointly they hatch a plan to cross her off as her newly stumbled on granddaughter, Norah Quinn.
Their conspiracy is made susceptible by means of Norah’s magical revelations to the kids of town, and by way of a lone determine shadowing the lady, who threatens to bare the child’s actual id and objective. who're those strangers rather? and what's their connection to the earlier, the Angels, and Margaret’s long-missing daughter?
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Extra resources for Angels of Destruction: A Novel
She wondered if the girl would mind. UPSTAIRS, NORAH INSPECTED the bedroom. The missing daughter had left behind a bureau of autumn clothes, long-sleeved shirts, jeans, a rainbow of sweaters. Atop a small dish, six smooth pebbles collected from the beach. A pinback button with a dove perched on the neck of a guitar. Another that read McGovern ‘72. From an open pack of Teaberry gum, Norah unwrapped the last stick to find it shattered into terra-cotta shards. Taped on the wall above the bed were watercolor paintings—the woods on a snowy day, a bridge crossing over a roiling river, and a boy with long cascading hair who looked like a teenage Jesus.
When she finished folding, Norah laid an origami crane beside her picture and immediately began work on another. Without a word, Mrs. Patterson slid the drawing into her hands, held it up in disbelief, and walked back to her chair at the front of the room. ” Norah did not look up from her origami. “I could always draw,” she said, bending over another wing. The whole class now focused on her paper folding as she built a third bird. When finished, she lined them up across the front edge of her desk, stood, and bent so that her face was inches away from them.
Locked in place, he watched the old house while the air seeped into his marrow, as if he had been standing in the same frozen spot for days. Solitude had emptied him, and the quietus of three in the morning filled his mind with winter. Nothing more than the substance of prayer, the fear to complement hope, he tested the limits of his new form, shifting his weight from one leg to the other and cracking the stiffness in his muscles and bones to break the icehold. From next door, a tiny dog began yapping and bouncing to see through the window, its small head popping into view, steady as a metronome.