Angels of Destruction
Keith Donohueâs first novel, The Stolen Child, was a national bestseller hailed as âcaptivatingâ (USA Today), âluminous and thrillingâ (Washington Post), and âwonderful...So spare and unsentimental that itâs impossible not to be moved (Newsweek. His new novel, Angels of Destruction, opens on a winterâs night, when a young girl appears at the home of Mrs. Margaret Quinn, a widow who lives alone. A decade earlier, she had lost her only child, Erica, who fled with her high school sweetheart to join a radical student group known as the Angels of Destruction. Before Margaret answers the knock in the dark hours, she whispers a prayer and then makes her visitor welcome at the door. The girl, who claims to be nine years old and an orphan with no place to go, beguiles Margaret, offering some solace, some compensation, for the womanâs loss. Together, they hatch a plan to pass her off as her newly found granddaughter, Norah Quinn, and enlist Sean Fallon, a classmate and heartbroken boy, to guide her into the school and town. Their conspiracy is vulnerable not only to those children and neighbors intrigued by Norahâs mysterious and magical qualities but by a lone figure shadowing the girl who threatens to reveal the childâs true identity and her purpose in Margaretâs life. Who are these strangers really? And what is their connection to the past, the Angels, and the long-missing daughter? Angels of Destruction is an unforgettable story of hope and fear, heartache and redemption. The saga of the Quinn family unfolds against an America wracked by change. As it delicately dances on the line between the real and the imagined, this mesmerizing new novel confirms Keith Donohueâs standing as one of our most inspiring and inventive novelists. From the Hardcover edition.