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THE ABSENCE OF ANGELS.

Penn, W.S.

ISBN 10: 1877946427 / ISBN 13: 9781877946424
Published by SAG HARBOR: THE PERMANENT PRESS. 1994, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by W.S. Penn on title page. Fine in dj. (Tiny pen squib at bottom edge. Not a remainder mark) Only 2000 copies printed. Author's FIRST book. (LC). Bookseller Inventory # 16798

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Title: THE ABSENCE OF ANGELS.

Publisher: SAG HARBOR: THE PERMANENT PRESS. 1994

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Albert Hummingbird, a shy mixed-blood Native American college student, struggles to reconcile his Nez Perce heritage with the white culture of his mother

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The narrator-protagonist of this magical novel about urban mixed-blood Indian life is Albert (Alley) Hummingbird, a self-conscious, shy college student who masks his feelings with humor and who longs to reconcile the two cultures that have formed him. Alley is not supposed to live at birth, but his grandfather, a Nez Perce, rescues him from Death (who reappears throughout the novel as a petty, mean, pathetic, and ultimately funny character). The grandfather's teachings to Alley, which come from the afterlife region known as the "absence of angels", connect Alley to his Indian heritage when he most needs it. Otherwise his life is fragmented: a father who rejected his heritage, a mother who is slightly mad, and a friend, Sara, with whom Alley is in love.

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