The stories in "A Better Angel" describe the terrain of human suffering--illness, regret, mourning, sympathy--in the most unusual of ways. In "Stab," a bereaved twin starts a friendship with a homicidal fifth grader in the hope that she can somehow lead him back to his dead brother. In "Why Antichrist?" a boy tries to contact the spirit of his dead father and finds himself talking to the Devil instead. In the remarkable title story, a ne'er do well pediatrician returns home to take care of his dying father, all the while under the scrutiny of an easily-disappointed heavenly agent.
With "Gob's Grief" and "The Children's Hospital," Chris Adrian announced himself as a writer of rare talent and originality. The stories in "A Better Angel," some of which have appeared in "The" "New Yorker," "Tin House," and "McSweeney's," demonstrate more of his endless inventiveness and wit, and they confirm his growing reputation as a most exciting and unusual literary voice--of heartbreaking, magical, and darkly comic tales.
About the Author :
Chris Adrian has contributed to A Better Angel: Stories as an author.
Chris Adrian is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, "Gob's Grief "and "The Children's Hospital," A pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital, he received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a student at Harvard Divinity School.
|Title:||A Better Angel: Stories||Publisher:||Farrar Straus Giroux|
|No. of Pages:||227|
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