By Keith Donohue
"A magical story of affection and redemption that's as splendidly written because it is attractive . . . Angels earns its wings."
Margaret Quinn lives by myself, quietly mourning the disappearance of her merely baby, who fled ten years past to affix an intensive pupil team referred to as the Angels of Destruction.
On a chilly winter’s evening, a nine-year-old lady arrives on Margaret’s doorstep, claiming to be an orphan with out position to move. This baby beguiles Margaret, and jointly they hatch a plan to cross her off as her newly chanced on granddaughter, Norah Quinn.
Their conspiracy is made susceptible via Norah’s magical revelations to the kids of the city, and by means of a lone determine shadowing the lady, who threatens to bare the child’s real id and goal. who're those strangers quite? and what's their connection to the prior, the Angels, and Margaret’s long-missing daughter?
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Margaret Quinn regarded her visitor, then stepped outside to the porch, brought in the miniature suitcase, and locked the door behind her. What had seemed unreal through the open door now confronted her in the safety of the house. The girl stood in the foyer, thawing and shaking with tremors. Pinned to her cloth coat was a torn paper badge with three letters printed in an earnest and unsteady hand: N-O-R. “Is that your name, child? You're missing something. That's no way to spell Norah. It's with an A and an H.
Alongside the woods, he allowed a measure of free imagination, enjoying the small discoveries of the natural world. Head bent to the ground as he walked, he had found the body of a flicker, the bright yellow wings neatly folded against the mottled gray torso and the band of red feathers. The shin-bone of a fox or small dog swarming with red ants. And treasures he could keep: the perfect spiral of a giant snail's shell, a dozen rocks that glistened with quartz facets. A glass bottle with the year 1903 embossed on its amber bottom, a baseball card of Roberto Clemente, hero of the 1971 Series, a five-dollar bill and eighty-nine cents in loose change.
With the toe of one shoe, she stubbed out the cigarette and then looked past him to the high thin clouds stretched across the winter sky. “I know lots of things,” she said, and catching the interest in his eyes, she shrieked and tore off through the woods, her shoes skating across the snow and bare earth, and he did not catch up to her until they reached the back fence of Mrs. Quinn's yard. At a blind corner, they nearly crashed, and as he caught himself short by grabbing her shoulders, Norah screamed at the touch and laughed and screamed again, and he could see stars glistening at the back of her throat.
Angels of Destruction: A Novel by Keith Donohue