Angel and Apostle

By Deborah Noyes
(Unbridled Books, Hardcover, 9781932961102, 304pp.)

Publication Date: October 2005

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Description

At the end of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel, The Scarlet Letter, we know that Pearl, the elf-child daughter of Hester Prynne, is somewhere in Europe, comfortable, well set, a mother herself now. But it could not have been easy for her to arrive at such a place, when she begins life as the bastard child of a woman publicly humiliated, again and again, in an unrelentingly judgmental Puritan world.

With a brilliant and authentic sense of that time and place, Deborah Noyes envisions the path Pearl takes to make herself whole and to carve her place in the New World. Beautifully written with boundless compassion, Angel and Apostle is a heart-rending and imaginative debut in which Noyes masterfully makes Hawthorne’s character her own.




About the Author
Deborah Noyes is the author of two adult novels, as well as The Ghosts of Kerfol and other books for young readers. About Plague in the Mirror, her first novel for young adults, she says, I m fascinated by twinship and the idea of another person out there wearing your face in the world and behaving badly. But in this story, the setting is as much a character as the two protagonists. With all those layers of human endeavor, suffering, triumph, vanity the past is like rich, dark soil or an old-growth forest. It s a dense, haunted place, and I guess I m inclined to feel haunted. Deborah Noyes lives in western Massachusetts.
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