Edgewater Angels: A Novel

Meallet, Sandro

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Synopsis: Authentic voices from the poor are very rare. Sandro Meallet conveys both the random, often terrifying nature of everyday violence, and the appealing sense of community, that make up the world of Edgewater Angels.

There are neighborhoods where the folly of youth is just a myth?where adolescence is solely about survival. And there are neighborhoods where the sound of firecrackers might be mistaken for gunfire, but never the other way around. Neighborhoods where wearing the countenance of an absentminded daydream might be mistaken for a silent challenge for turf, and asking someone if they have a problem may cost you your life. But even in the harshest places, neighborhoods do cultivate a feeling of community. And while the people who live in those places are invisible and often ignored by the rest of the world, every once in a while these communities, such as they are, manage to produce a kid who survives.

A young boy whose life is like a single rose growing in a forgotten lot is the narrator of Edgewater Angels. While his world is ugly from the outside, through him we are able to see the beauty, the humor, and the pain of life in a tiny part of San Pedro, California. With a style all his own, Sandro Meallet gives us a unique story that is serious yet playful, daring in aim, and absolutely captivating.

From the Back Cover:Edgewater Angels is in a class by itself. . . . Meallet is a wonderful, wonderful writer.” –The Washington Post Book World

“Every now and then a good book comes from a place you might not expect. . . . This time that community is San Pedro, and the good book is Edgewater Angels.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A beguiling coming of age story . . . [that] in its comic point of view, plot twists, and moral vision . . . reads like an unabashed descendant of Huck Finn with a bit of David Lynch’s passion . . . thrown in.” –The Village Voice

“An exuberantly absurdist look at growing up poor and shrouded by violence. . . . Meallet takes the most ominous event as an opportunity for black comedy, and finds true manhood in the least macho of behaviors.” –The New York Times Book Review

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Title: Edgewater Angels: A Novel
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hardcover
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