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Bright Angel Time

Martha McPhee


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Paperback (2/1/1999)


Set in the early 1970s, this magical first novel by National Book Award finalist Martha McPhee marked not only the introduction of the Furey-Cooper family of Gorgeous Lies, but also the auspicious debut of a stunning literary talent.
Meet eight-year-old Kate and her sisters as they take to a life on the road when their divorced mother falls in love with someone new. This strange freedom introduces the girls to a way of life that is vastly different from the one they knew with their geologist father. But, far from him, adult distraction and carelessness finally threaten to explode and ruin Kate's life. Rich in character, imagery, and humor, Bright Angel Time is a brilliant and moving novel from an authentic, critically acclaimed new voice.

Praise For Bright Angel Time

"To get a sense of what Martha McPhee's affecting first novel is like, imagine Rabbit Run or Revolutionary Road written from the point of view of an 8-year-old child." - -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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

"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

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

— Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

— Glamour

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

— Mirabella

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

— People

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

— Time

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

— Us

Mariner Books, 9780156029346, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2003

About the Author

The author of three previous novels and a finalist for the National Book Award, MARTHA McPHEE lives in New York City with her children and husband, the poet and writer Mark Svenvold.