Falling Angels

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Wheeler Pub., 2001 - Fiction - 332 pages
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In a fashionable London cemetery, two graves stand side by side, one decorated with a classical urn, the other with a marble angel. Two families, visiting their respective graves on the day after Queen Victoria's death in 1901, teeter on the brink of a new era. The Colemans and the Waterhouses are divided by social class as well as taste. They would certainly not have become acquainted had not their two girls, meeting behind the tombstones, become best friends. And, even more unsuitably, become involved with the gravedigger's muddy son.As the girls grow up, as the new king changes social customs, as a new, forward-thinking era takes wing, the lives and fortunes of the two families become more and more closely intertwined -- neighbors in life as well as death.Against a gaslit backdrop of social and political history, Tracy Chevalier explores the prejudices and flaws of a changing time. A novel that is at once elegant, daring, original, and compelling, Falling Angels is a splendid follow-up to Girl With a Pearl Earring, a book The New York Times called marvelously evocative and The Wall Street Journal deemed triumphant.

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I didn't really expect to like this book as much as I did. I picked it up, not knowing what I would make of it but I enjoyed it. I do love short chapters in books so this was a bonus for me. I easily ... Read full review

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Chevalier is a new author for me so I was surprised to see how many other people already know her! and looking at the list of the number of things she has written---how did I miss her for so long? I ... Read full review


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Tracy Chevalier was born on October 19, 1962 in Washington, D.C. After receiving a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, she moved to England in 1984 where she worked several years as a reference book editor. Leaving her job in 1993, she began a year-long M.A in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of several novels including The Virgin Blue, Burning Bright, Remarkable Creatures, and The Last Runaway. Her novel Girl with a Pearl Earring was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

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