Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780452283206, 336pp.
Publication Date: September 24, 2002
From the author of the international bestsellerGirl 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 Angelsfollows 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).
"Entirely successful: distinct, inhabited, vivid, and real." —The Washington Post Book World
"Chevalier's ringing prose is a radiantly efficient as well-tended silver." —Entertainment Weekly
"Chevalier not only authentically details the era's social mores, tensions, and contradictions, she writes the book we want to read." —New York Daily News
"I read Falling Angels in an afternoon. The next day, I sat down and read it again." —Janice P. Nimura, The New York Times Book Review
"Brilliant...a rich story that is true to the era." —The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Chevalier's second novel confirms her place in the literary firmament...deeply affecting.... This is a beautiful novel, not soon forgotten." —Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Part of the secret of Chevalier's success is her uncanny ability to bring a lost world to life.... Just as Vermeer's work helps to explain his world in Chevalier's earlier novel, so the symbolic art of the graveyard illuminates Victorian culture in Falling Angels." —The Baltimore Sun
"Accomplished and powerful..." —Booklist