Phoebe Wilcox Angels Carry the Sun

ISBN 13: 9780980177565

Angels Carry the Sun

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9780980177565: Angels Carry the Sun

At age 18, Flora McDermott lives in a snake pit in rural Pennsylvania where she shares a bedroom with her trendy sister and her hippie mom. Flora delights in wreaking lustful havoc on Finn, her high school English teacher--what lover of poetry wouldn't have a hard time resisting Flora's Freudian sex-dream poems? It is Flora's mission to seduce Finn that propels the reader through this novel about family, memory, and growing up. Flora, self-proclaimed punk, is a refreshing female protagonist, and she shocks, challenges, and invites the reader throughout this tale of love, lust, and lyricism.

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About the Author:

Angels Carry the Sun is Phoebe Wilcox's debut novel. An excerpt from a second novel, Flower Symbolism for Dummies, has been published in Wild Violet. Recent work may be found in Sixers Review, ILLUMEN, Wild River Review, A cappella Zoo, FOLLY, The Chaffey Review, ginosko, The Battered Suitcase, Frostwriting, Gloom Cupboard, and many others. Her stories have twice been nominated for the Pushcart prize. She has worked as a chambermaid, bookbinder, security guard, and social worker. She lives with her family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Although Wilcox's novel is closer to realism than readers of A cappella Zoo might generally be attracted to, Wilcox's lyrical wordplay will pull in any reader. It is the space the characters inhabit that creates the magic that readers of magical realism, slipstream, or experimental literature crave. In Angels Carry the Sun snowflakes appear as the lint falling slowly from a giant pocket, briar bushes and telephone lines are crocheted with snow, and our protagonist Flora's mood changes with the rooms around her. Short and effective surrealistic similes create spaces of enchantment in the realistic landscape. Even punctuation comes to life in self-reflexive metaphors that make the final sentence of nearly every paragraph sing. Wilcox's unique narrative voice is enough to forgive the occasional inconsistency in point of view, and her complex structure winds smoothly through this twist on the standard coming of age story. It s hard to put this one down and hard to leave Flora behind once the book is through. Luckily, many of the scenes will stay with readers for days after. If you enjoy unexpected twists, thought provoking poetry, and side trips into the past, this is the book for you. --Amanda DiSanto, assistant editor, A cappella Zoo

If you enjoy unexpected twists, thought provoking poetry, and side trips into the past, this is the book for you. Author Phoebe Wilcox and Lilly Press have combined to bring us what the book cover describes as a tale of love, lust and lyricism. But don't jump to conclusions about what you'll find between the covers; this is not a light-hearted tale of romance. This book will keep you turning the pages and you'll never expect what happens in the end. We meet the main characters of the story in an early 1980's high school classroom as Mr. Everett Finn is eating his lunch. While he eats, student Flora McDermott watches and shares his potato chips. Right now you re probably thinking typical school girl crush; but this goes far beyond what you may have witnessed in your youth. You'll have to read on and interpret for yourself the letters and poetry that Flora writes to him. He knew he should report her behavior to the school; however, ego over-ruled reason. Her best friend doesn't understand the attraction to a man old enough to be Flora's father but tries to be supportive. She even does the driving when Flora wants to follow him from school to locate his house. You'll learn about Flora's mother, sister, and father through vignettes inserted in the story line. But don't forget about Mr. Finn's home life. There are issues in his marriage that contribute to the events that unfold. And you won't want to miss what happens when his wife, Lottie, discovers he's been holding on to some of those letters. I found Flora's mother and Lottie to represent two varying parts of the 60's culture even though it is now the 1980's. And as the story moves through time, Flora's new friends from college add to the mix of unusual characters influencing her choices. When Flora's schemes combine with suggestions from friends about what the relationship could or should be collide, you won't want to miss the craziness that ensues. This book will keep you glued to its pages until you reach the very end. --Small Press Bookwatch - Nancy Orlando

Love can drive you further than anything else. Angels Carry the Sun is a novel from Phoebe Wilcox as her protagonist Flora McDermott finds love. Driven by these new found feelings, she assaults her desire with love notes and poetry, driven to win his heart. A story of coming to terms with reality and coming of age, Angels Carry the Sun is a thoughtful read and will be hard to put down. --Midwest Book Review

It's no wonder that this book was nominated for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner award. It's one of the best novels I've read in a long time. The writing is fluent, poetic at times, and perfectly attuned to the story, with an appealing protagonist and a cast of well-drawn characters. On the surface it's one of those coming-of-age novels that are so popular today, but it probably won't make it onto any high-school reading lists, because there's a forbidden twist: the teenage heroine lusts after her high school English teacher like Lolita in reverse. As always when sex is the subject, elemental forces are at work, and there's a mythic quality that keeps you reading - you don't know if it's going to be a tragedy or a comedy until the very end. --goodreads.com - Bruce Hartman - April, 2013 - 5 stars

Love can drive you further than anything else. Angels Carry the Sun is a novel from Phoebe Wilcox as her protagonist Flora McDermott finds love. Driven by these new found feelings, she assaults her desire with love notes and poetry, driven to win his heart. A story of coming to terms with reality and coming of age, Angels Carry the Sun is a thoughtful read and will be hard to put down. --Midwest Book Review

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