In the Company of Angels: A Novel

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Hyperion, Apr 4, 2001 - Fiction - 164 pages
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A compelling novel of dark miracles and angelic visitation, set in a Nazi-occupied Belgian town that is scented by chocolate and haunted by war.

It is World War II, a small village in France near the border of Belgium. Marie Claire is a young French Jew, cared for by her grandmother, who cultivates flowers. A shattering of glass, and Marie Claire's village is in rubble. Her grandmother is dead, everyone is dead. She flees to the root cellar of her grandmother's house and waits . . .

She is saved by two Belgian nuns who take Marie Claire away to their convent in Tournai, Belgium, where they have been hiding Jews for transport to Switzerland. It is then that the miracles begin. Is Marie Claire causing them The answer to that question remains mysterious until the last pages of this entirely original debut. In a town scented with chocolate, haunted by memories of the past and the desperation of the present, the miraculous is sometimes hard to recognize. A suspenseful novel of enormous power and sensitivity, In the Company of Angels introduces a distinctly imaginative new voice in fiction.

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A quick easy read, not the type of book I would usually read. Beautifully written and has the promise of being a great story, it ends up being a bit of a let down. In saying that I am glad that I read it. Read full review


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N. M. Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of "In the Company of Angels", " Whale Season", and the Florida Book Award winner" A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts", among other works. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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