The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel

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Henry Holt and Company, Aug 3, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.

For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption.

Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

“Alden Bell provides an astonishing twist on the southern gothic: like Flannery O'Connor with zombies.” —Michael Gruber, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows

 

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User Review  - MikeFutcher - LibraryThing

The Reapers Are the Angels is the story of Temple, a fifteen-year-old girl born into a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the living dead. The major theme of the novel is of Temple identifying and ... Read full review

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User Review  - SilverThistle - LibraryThing

I have a love hate relationship with zombies. On the one hand I hate them because they scare the bejeesus out of me. On the other hand though, I love them because as soon as the zombies arrive I'm 99 ... Read full review

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Contents

Part II
111
Part III
193
Acknowledgments
227
About the Author
229
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About the author (2010)

Alden Bell is a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, whose first novel, Hummingbirds, was released in Fall '09. He teaches at a New York City prep school and is an adjunct professor at The New School. He lives in New York City with his wife, the Edgar Award-winning mystery writer, Megan Abbott.

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