Bright Angel Time (Paperback)

By Martha McPhee

Mariner Books, 9780156005869, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1999

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/15/2003)

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From a “gifted novelist, a writer with the ability to surprise and move us” (New York Times) comes a “funny and acerbic” (Time) road novel set during the 1970s, in which an eight-year-old girl records her mother’s fateful dalliance with sex, drugs, and New Age spirituality. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Praise For Bright Angel Time

"Sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing… [it] quietly and gracefully finds a resting place in the reader''s heart."
-Tim O'Brien

"Martha McPhee writes with the shimmering solidity of rock. [A] strikingly effective and richly textured debut volume."
-Edward Hirsch

"Full of beautiful writing and dead-on observations about the era that spawned broken families and broken hearts."

"Told with great verve and poetic sweep, a wise, pointed, utterly absorbing childhood narrative--honest, and above all, original."

"In this well-rendered tale of misplaced dreams and forgotten realities, McPhee''s prose is delicate and lovely as an angel''s wing."

"An original, peculiarly American story. McPhee writes with assurance. Her story flows smoothly, and she dissects her characters kindly."

"Funny and acerbic. Melds The Bobbsey Twins with On the Road."

"If you''re looking for a fresh voice, try Martha McPhee''s first novel . . . Whip-smart."