By Keith Donohue

ISBN-10: 0307450279

ISBN-13: 9780307450272

"A magical story of affection and redemption that's as splendidly written because it is eye-catching . . . Angels earns its wings."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Margaret Quinn lives by myself, quietly mourning the disappearance of her basically baby, who fled ten years previous to affix a thorough scholar workforce often called the Angels of Destruction.

On a chilly winter’s evening, a nine-year-old woman arrives on Margaret’s doorstep, claiming to be an orphan without position to head. This baby beguiles Margaret, and jointly they hatch a plan to go her off as her newly came across granddaughter, Norah Quinn.

Their conspiracy is made weak by means of Norah’s magical revelations to the youngsters of the city, and by way of a lone determine shadowing the lady, who threatens to bare the child’s actual identification and function. who're those strangers rather? and what's their connection to the previous, the Angels, and Margaret’s long-missing daughter?

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Quinn wandered among the carousels of clothing in the girls’ department at G. C. Murphy's. Winter coats had already been marked down after the holidays, even though the brunt of the season remained in prospect, and she chose a gray parka with faux rabbit fur trim for Norah. After selecting the coat, she was at a loss for what else to buy her, and wistfully fingered the corduroy jumpers and flannel nightgowns, remembering. Two decades had passed since she had brought Erica to Murphy's; 1965, simpler then, clothes, girls, everything.

Some company, some restitution for all that had been taken from her. All that must be done was to fool everyone—her neighbors, the school, and her sister, Diane, the only other family she had left. An eyelash circled in her coffee cup. She rubbed her palms over the tablecloth, straightening wrinkles visible only to the touch. “It is too hot in here,” she said, though no one else was there. Opening a window, she heard crying in the air, the lonesome sound of one who should not have wintered over, but she could not find the peregrine all morning long.

The children took turns batting it across the table like a volleyball, and when the cube came back round to Norah, she captured it in flight, brought it to her lips, leaned back her head, and with a steady puff of breath, kept blowing, spinning the box on one corner like a dreidel, until Mr. Taylor came along to snatch it midair and confiscate their fun. The children all cheered for her when, the moment his back was turned, she stuck out her tongue like a battle flag. 9 While the foundling was off in school, Mrs.

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