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In the Company of Angels

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Awards

Staff Pick

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.
Recommended by Kelly L., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 U.S. publication of a major American author, known internationally but only within literary circles in his homeland.

Review:

"It probably doesn't reflect glowingly on American expat Kennedy's native country that this watershed novel is the first to be published in the U.S. after a decade of acclaim abroad. Why it's taken so long is anyone's guess, as there's plenty to admire in the serpentine unwinding of troubled protagonists adrift in contemporary Copenhagen. First there's Bernardo Nardo Greene, a Chilean sifting through the torments he suffered at the hands of Pinochet's secret police with the help of his Danish therapist, Thorkild Kristensen, who acts as part-time narrator. Meanwhile, Michela Ibsen attempts to escape a history of abusive lovers, most recently, the psychopathically jealous Voss. Inquisitions into the nature of violence follow from Thorkild's private musings and from Michela's hospital-bound father, but it is in Nardo and Michela's cautious flirtation that the story's central problem — how do we exorcise patterns of abuse and arrive at what is worth loving in a world poisoned by cruelty? — is etched. Kennedy's respect for his characters and startlingly tender regard for basic humanity color what is in effect a high-concept love story resonant with, as Nardo says, 'The produce... of our lives.'"(Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information)

Review:

"Expatriate American author Kennedy finally gets the major U.S. release merited by his European reviews... Investigating the effects of brutality on the human soul, Kennedy does not allow himself to become overwhelmed by the subjects gravity. He does not preach or condemn; instead, he offers two exquisitely crafted characters a chance to explore the legacy of inhumanity and to enact a drama of resilience — redemption, even.... The transcendent possibility of hope is Kennedy's gift to his characters and his readers. [This is] an artfully written story with a conscience." Kirkus

Review:

In the Company of Angels…is powerful and of the moment…. Kennedy writes clean, evocative prose, and an occasional note of humor leavens this dark novel. He is a writer to be reckoned with, and it's about time the reckoning got underway in the country of his birth.” The Washington Post

Review:

“Kennedy writes with unusual insight and compassion, depicting the best and the worst of the human experience. His work may be new to U.S. readers, but it merits greater attention, and we should look forward to seeing the other three books in his quartet published here." Library Journal

Review:

"This is the first volume of the series to be published in the U.S. If its stellar quality is any indication, the entire quartet promises to be an exceptional reading experience.... This novel offers much more than just a beautiful writing style... The reader gains a sense of the wonder of disparate lives with unpredictable but intriguing connections." Booklist, starred review

Review:

In the Company of Angels is a novel about grown-ups, people battered and dinged by life, painfully aware of their own responsibility, whose understanding of their past never stops evolving. It's the dignity of their adulthood — the elusive prize at stake in any midlife crisis — that makes them so admirable and, above all, so moving.” Salon

Review:

“Kennedy has a gifted eye... In the Company of Angels is simply an unforgettable novel.” Los Angeles Times

Review:

“[A] wide-ranging and assured novel….The stories of torture that emerge…offer, in their horror and dignity, a quiet criticism of the characters with more prosaic problems.” New Yorker

Synopsis:

Taking on the very best and the very worst of human experience, In the Company of Angels offers a moving story and a riveting testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.

Synopsis:

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, 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, In the Company of Angels is a powerful testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.

Praise for In the Company of Angels:

"Wide-ranging and assured."-New Yorker

"If its stellar quality is any indication, the entire [Copenhagen Quartet] promises to be an exceptional reading experience … Kennedy [has a] fertile imagination and all-embracing empathy."-Booklist (starred review)

"As elegant as it is beautiful, as important as it is profound. A marvel of aread." -Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"In the Company of Angels is a novel about grown-ups, people battered and dinged by life, painfully aware of their own responsibility, whose understanding of their past never stops evolving. It's the dignity of their adulthood-the elusive prize at stake in any midlife crisis-that makes them so admirable and, above all, so moving."-Laura Miller, Salon

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608190164
Author:
Kennedy, Thomas E.
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Copenhagen Quartet
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It probably doesn't reflect glowingly on American expat Kennedy's native country that this watershed novel is the first to be published in the U.S. after a decade of acclaim abroad. Why it's taken so long is anyone's guess, as there's plenty to admire in the serpentine unwinding of troubled protagonists adrift in contemporary Copenhagen. First there's Bernardo Nardo Greene, a Chilean sifting through the torments he suffered at the hands of Pinochet's secret police with the help of his Danish therapist, Thorkild Kristensen, who acts as part-time narrator. Meanwhile, Michela Ibsen attempts to escape a history of abusive lovers, most recently, the psychopathically jealous Voss. Inquisitions into the nature of violence follow from Thorkild's private musings and from Michela's hospital-bound father, but it is in Nardo and Michela's cautious flirtation that the story's central problem — how do we exorcise patterns of abuse and arrive at what is worth loving in a world poisoned by cruelty? — is etched. Kennedy's respect for his characters and startlingly tender regard for basic humanity color what is in effect a high-concept love story resonant with, as Nardo says, 'The produce... of our lives.'"(Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information)
"Review" by , "Expatriate American author Kennedy finally gets the major U.S. release merited by his European reviews... Investigating the effects of brutality on the human soul, Kennedy does not allow himself to become overwhelmed by the subjects gravity. He does not preach or condemn; instead, he offers two exquisitely crafted characters a chance to explore the legacy of inhumanity and to enact a drama of resilience — redemption, even.... The transcendent possibility of hope is Kennedy's gift to his characters and his readers. [This is] an artfully written story with a conscience."
"Review" by , In the Company of Angels…is powerful and of the moment…. Kennedy writes clean, evocative prose, and an occasional note of humor leavens this dark novel. He is a writer to be reckoned with, and it's about time the reckoning got underway in the country of his birth.”
"Review" by , “Kennedy writes with unusual insight and compassion, depicting the best and the worst of the human experience. His work may be new to U.S. readers, but it merits greater attention, and we should look forward to seeing the other three books in his quartet published here."
"Review" by , "This is the first volume of the series to be published in the U.S. If its stellar quality is any indication, the entire quartet promises to be an exceptional reading experience.... This novel offers much more than just a beautiful writing style... The reader gains a sense of the wonder of disparate lives with unpredictable but intriguing connections." Booklist, starred review
"Review" by , In the Company of Angels is a novel about grown-ups, people battered and dinged by life, painfully aware of their own responsibility, whose understanding of their past never stops evolving. It's the dignity of their adulthood — the elusive prize at stake in any midlife crisis — that makes them so admirable and, above all, so moving.”
"Review" by , “Kennedy has a gifted eye... In the Company of Angels is simply an unforgettable novel.”
"Review" by , “[A] wide-ranging and assured novel….The stories of torture that emerge…offer, in their horror and dignity, a quiet criticism of the characters with more prosaic problems.”
"Synopsis" by , Taking on the very best and the very worst of human experience, In the Company of Angels offers a moving story and a riveting testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.
"Synopsis" by ,

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, 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, In the Company of Angels is a powerful testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.

Praise for In the Company of Angels:

"Wide-ranging and assured."-New Yorker

"If its stellar quality is any indication, the entire [Copenhagen Quartet] promises to be an exceptional reading experience … Kennedy [has a] fertile imagination and all-embracing empathy."-Booklist (starred review)

"As elegant as it is beautiful, as important as it is profound. A marvel of aread." -Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"In the Company of Angels is a novel about grown-ups, people battered and dinged by life, painfully aware of their own responsibility, whose understanding of their past never stops evolving. It's the dignity of their adulthood-the elusive prize at stake in any midlife crisis-that makes them so admirable and, above all, so moving."-Laura Miller, Salon

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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