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River Angel: A Novel

Ansay, A. Manette

Verlag: William Morrow, 1998
ISBN 10: 0688152430 / ISBN 13: 9780688152437
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Titel: River Angel: A Novel

Verlag: William Morrow

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included


0688152430 Fine in fine dust jacket. 3rd printing. Quality, Value, Experience. Buchnummer des Verkäufers BING7884837

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In April 1991, in a little Wisconsin town about a hundred miles southwest of the town where I grew up, a misfit boy was kidnapped by a group of high school kids who, later, would testify they'd merely meant to frighten him, to drive him around for a while. Somehow they ended up at the rive, whooping and hollering on a two-lane bridge. Somehow the boy was shoved, he jumped, he slipped?acounts vary?into the icy water. The kids told police they never heard a splash; one reported seeing a brilliant flash of light. (Several people in the area witnessed a similar light, while others recalled hearing something "kind of like thunder.") All night, volunteers walked the river's edge, but it was dawn before the body was found in a barn a good mile from the bridge . . .

The owner of the barn had been the one to discover the body, and she said the boy's cheeks were rosy, his skin warm to the touch. A sweet smell hung in the air. "It was," she said "as if he were just sleeping." And then she told police she believed an angel had carried him there.

For years, it had been said that an angel lived in the river. Residents flipped coins into the water for luck, and a few claimed they had seen the angel, or known someone who'd seen it. The historical society downtown had a farmwife's journal, dated 1898, in which a woman described how an angel had rescued her family from a flood. Now, as the story of the boy's death spread, more people came forward with accounts of strange things that had happened on that night. Dogs had barked without ceasing till dawn; livestock broke free of padlocked barns. Someone's child crayoned a bridge and, above it, a wide-winged tapioca angel.

A miracle? A hoax? Or something in between? With acute insight and great compassion, A. Manette Ansay captures the inner life of a town and its residents struggling to forge a new identity in the face of a rapidly changing world.

Inhaltsangabe: A haunting and eloquent story of small town life from the author of "Vinegar Hill", the million-copy bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick. Can one person really make a difference? No one could have known that the small Midwestern town of Ambient would be changed forever by the arrival of young misfit Gabriel Carpenter. But his short time among them touches the entire community and his shocking death revives the local legend of the river angel. The line between the possible and impossible blurs and everyone's fragile hopes are exposed.

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