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Bright Angel Timeby Martha McPhee
Synopses & Reviews
From a “gifted novelist, a writer with the ability to surprise and move us” (New York Times) comes a “funny and acerbic” (Time) road novel set during the 1970s, in which an eight-year-old girl records her mother’s fateful dalliance with sex, drugs, and New Age spirituality. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
"Sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing. [it] quietly and gracefully finds a resting place in the reader's heart."(Tim O'Brien, Author of A LAKE IN THE WOODS)
"Martha McPhee writes with the shimmering solidity of rock. [A] strikingly effective and richly textured debut volume."(Edward Hirsch, Author of HOW TO READ A POEM)
"Full of beautiful writing and dead-on observations about the era that spawned broken families and broken hearts."(Glamour)
"Told with great verve and poetic sweep, a wise, pointed, utterly absorbing childhood narrative--honest, and above all, original."(Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"In this well-rendered tale of misplaced dreams and forgotten realities, McPhee's prose is delicate and lovely as an angel's wing."(Us)
"An original, peculiarly American story. McPhee writes with assurance. Her story flows smoothly, and she dissects her characters kindly."(People)
"Funny and acerbic. Melds The Bobbsey Twins with On the Road."(Time)
"If you're looking for a fresh voice, try Martha McPhee's first novel . . . Whip-smart."(Mirabella)
Set in the early 1970s, this magical first novel by National Book Award finalist Martha McPhee marked not only the introduction of the Furey-Cooper family of Gorgeous Lies, but also the auspicious debut of a stunning literary talent.
Meet eight-year-old Kate and her sisters as they take to a life on the road when their divorced mother falls in love with someone new. This strange freedom introduces the girls to a way of life that is vastly different from the one they knew with their geologist father. But, far from him, adult distraction and carelessness finally threaten to explode and ruin Kate's life. Rich in character, imagery, and humor, Bright Angel Time is a brilliant and moving novel from an authentic, critically acclaimed new voice.
From a gifted novelist, a writer with the ability to surprise and move us (New York Times) comes a funny and acerbic (Time) road novel set during the 1970s, in which an eight-year-old girl records her mother' s fateful dalliance with sex, drugs, and New Age spirituality. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
About the Author
The author of four previous novels and a finalist for the National Book Award, MARTHA McPHEE lives in New York City with her children and husband, the poet and writer Mark Svenvold. A few years ago, when a legendary bond trader claimed he could transform her into a booming Wall Street success, she toyed with the notion-but wrote Dear Money instead.
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