A Better Angel

Stories
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Author(s): Chris Adrian
Genre: Short Stories
Original Publish Date: Aug 05, 2008
Product Number: EB00102663
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429942317
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Description

The stories in A Better Angel describe the terrain of human suffering-illness, regret, mourning, sympathy-in the most unusual of ways. In "Stab," a bereaved twin starts a friendship with a homicidal fifth grader in the hope that she can somehow lead him back to his dead brother. In "Why Antichrist?" a boy tries to contact the spirit of his dead father and finds himself talking to the Devil instead. In the remarkable title story, a ne'er do well pediatrician returns home to take care of his dying father, all the while under the scrutiny of an easily-disappointed heavenly agent. With Gob's Grief and The Children's Hospital, Chris Adrian announced himself as a writer of rare talent and originality. The stories in A Better Angel, some of which have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, and McSweeney's, demonstrate more of his endless inventiveness and wit, and they confirm his growing reputation as a most exciting and unusual literary voice-of heartbreaking, magical, and darkly comic tales.

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