Falling Angels: A Novel

Front Cover
Penguin, Sep 24, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
34 Reviews
New York Times bestseller

From the author of the international bestseller Girl With A Pearl Earring and At the Edge of the Orchard, Tracy Chevalier once again paints a distant age with a rich and provocative palette of characters.


Falling Angels follows the fortunes of two families in the emerging years of the twentieth century in England, while the Queen's death reverberates through a changing nation. Told through a variety of shifting perspectives—wives and husbands, friends and lovers, masters and their servants, and a gravedigger's son—Falling Angels is graced with the luminous imagery that distinguished Girl With a Pearl Earring, Falling Angels is another dazzling tour de force from this "master of voices" (The New York Times Book Review).


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
13
4 stars
10
3 stars
9
2 stars
2
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

This is a very different book from "Girl with a Pearl Earring." This book takes place in London from 1901-1910, following the lives of two families, the COlemans and the Waterhouses. We hear numerous ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I'm honestly not a fan of historical fiction, but I will read anything this woman writes. I don't know exactly why. I don't think it's the romance - even though some of these do seem, at times, a not-too-big step up from 'bodice rippers.' Comments welcome! Read full review

Contents

The Complete Guide to Mourning Etisuette by Miss Lavinia Ermyntrude Waterhouse
Clothing
Gentlemen
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

"I was born and grew up in Washington, DC. After getting a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio), I moved to London, England in 1984. I intended to stay 6 months; I’m still here.

"As a kid I’d often said I wanted to be a writer because I loved books and wanted to be associated with them. I wrote the odd story in high school, but it was only in my twenties that I started writing ‘real’ stories, at night and on weekends. Sometimes I wrote a story in a couple evenings; other times it took me a whole year to complete one.

"Once I took a night class in creative writing, and a story I’d written for it was published in a London-based magazine called Fiction. I was thrilled, even though the magazine folded 4 months later.

I worked as a reference book editor for several years until 1993 when I left my job and did a year-long MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (England). My tutors were the English novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. For the first time in my life I was expected to write every day, and I found I liked it. I also finally had an idea I considered ‘big’ enough to fill a novel. I began The Virgin Blue during that year, and continued it once the course was over, juggling writing with freelance editing.

"An agent is essential to getting published. I found my agent Jonny Geller through dumb luck and good timing. A friend from the MA course had just signed on with him and I sent my manuscript of The Virgin Blue mentioning my friend’s name. Jonny was just starting as an agent and needed me as much as I needed him. Since then he’s become a highly respected agent in the UK and I’ve gone along for the ride."

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of six previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Her latest novel is The Last Runaway. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.

Bibliographic information