In the Company of Angels
By N. M. Kelby
(Hachette Books, Paperback, 9780786885831, 164pp.)
Publication Date: April 2002
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Now available in paperback--"To read Kelby's novel is, in its own words, to 'fall into a dream, a flying dream.' To paraphrase and summarize such fine spun fiction must inevitably be as inadequate as any attempt to retell your most amazing dream the morning after." --New York Times Book Review Scented by chocolate and haunted by war, this compelling novel of dark miracles and angelic visitations offers up a distinctly imaginative new voice in fiction. Marie Claire is a young French Jew in a Nazi-occupied Belgian town, 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. . . .
N. M. Kelby is the winner of a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature and the Heekin Group Foundation's James Fellowship for the Novel. Her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story Extra and the Mississippi Review. She divides her time between Sarasota, Florida, and Minnetonka, Minnesota.