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The Absence of Angels

Penn, W. S.

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ISBN 10: 1877946427 / ISBN 13: 9781877946424
Published by Permanent Pr Pub Co, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Book and BroDart protected jacket are fine, without faults. This unread copy is gift quality. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # BX10-10

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Title: The Absence of Angels

Publisher: Permanent Pr Pub Co, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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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 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.

About the Author:

W.S. Penn, an urban mixblood, is a resident fiction writer and teacher of American Indian and Comparative Literature at Michigan State University. He is the winner of the 1993 North American Indian Prose Award

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