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In the Company of Angels: A Novelby Thomas E. Kennedy
It's a rare book that can both haunt and inspire. The lead characters' efforts to recover from shattering events are traced with compassion, deep intelligence, and an almost miraculous hope. As if that weren't enough, the home life of the psychotherapist helping Nardo put his life — his soul, really — back together is portrayed, not as mundane (which would have been easy), but with sensitivity and honesty, a reminder of the far-reaching effects of evil. Long popular in Europe and a resident of Copenhagen, Kennedy was published only by small presses in the U.S. — until now! His next book is due in the states in March 2011.
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In the Company of Angels is the powerful story of two damaged souls trying to find their way from darkness toward light.
Imprisoned and tortured for months by Pinochet's henchmen for teaching political poetry to his students, Bernardo Greene is visited by two angels, who promise him that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again. Months later, at the Torture Rehabilitation Center in Copenhagen, the Chilean exile befriends Michela Ibsen, herself a survivor of domestic abuse. In the long nights of summer, the two of them struggle to heal, to forgive those who have left them damaged, and to trust themselves to love.
Dense with wisdom and humanity, possessed of a timeless, fable-like quality, In the Company of Angels is a riveting read and a testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.
The novel marks the first large-scale US publication of a major American author, known internationally but only within literary circles in his homeland.
After he is tortured for months in a Chilean prison, Bernardo Greene is visited by two angels who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again, a promise that has better chances of coming true after Bernardo comes to Copenhagen for treatment, only to meet Michela Ibsen, a survivor of domestic abuse.
Thomas E. Kennedy was born in New York City and has lived in Copenhagen for over two decades. He has written over twenty books, mostly published by small presses, including novels, short stories, and essays. He has won numerous awards, including the Eric Hoffer Award in 2007 for In the Company of Angels (Danish ed.), the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Prize for short stories, and the National Magazine Award in 2008. In the Company of Angels is one of four novels comprising the Copenhagen Quartet, which Duff Brenna called "a masterpiece." Kennedy wrote the Quartet in English and translated it himself for Danish publication. The Quartet was also published in a small Irish edition. Kennedy is a member of Fairleigh Dickinson University's Global Virtual Faculty.
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