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Gods and Angels
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A powerful collection of stories from the critically-acclaimed, prize-winning author David Park.

'One of the shrewdest observers of the way we live now' Independent
'Park is an excellent writer; psychologically astute, lyrically unflinching' Telegraph
'He writes prose of gravity and grace' Guardian

Gods and Angels locates, with pinpoint accuracy, the quiet but deeply charged moments in life that can define a person.
A seventeen-year-old boy visits his estranged mother on Boxing Day in a grey seaside town; a university lecturer who is learning to swim falls in with a group of older men who inhabit a very different world; a detective breaks into his former home to spy on his estranged family; a couple reflect on twenty-five years of marriage under the Northern Lights; and an old man volunteering in a charity shop forms a tender bond with a young single mother.
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'David Park is one of my favourite writers. This beautiful, nuanced, perceptive collection of stories is a considerable achievement. Somehow he writes with both grace and muscularity, and every page resounds with the sort of truthfulness that stirs deep recognitions in the reader. This is important, committed work from a writer who knows what he's about, but Park is also such a pleasure to read. I loved this book' Joseph O'Connor
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David Park. (2016). Gods and Angels. Bloomsbury Publishing.

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David Park. 2016. Gods and Angels. Bloomsbury Publishing.

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'One of the shrewdest observers of the way we live now' Independent
'Park is an excellent writer; psychologically astute, lyrically unflinching' Telegraph
'He writes prose of gravity and grace' Guardian

Gods and Angels locates, with pinpoint accuracy, the quiet but deeply charged moments in life that can define a person.
A seventeen-year-old boy visits his estranged mother on Boxing Day in a grey seaside town; a university lecturer who is learning to swim falls in with a group of older men who inhabit a very different world; a detective breaks into his former home to spy on his estranged family; a couple reflect on twenty-five years of marriage under the Northern Lights; and an old man volunteering in a charity shop forms a tender bond with a young single...
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'One of the shrewdest observers of the way we live now' Independent
'Park is an excellent writer; psychologically astute, lyrically unflinching' Telegraph
'He writes prose of gravity and grace' Guardian

Gods and Angels locates, with pinpoint accuracy, the quiet but deeply charged moments in life that can define a person.
A seventeen-year-old boy visits his estranged mother on Boxing Day in a grey seaside town; a university lecturer who is learning to swim falls in with a group of older men who inhabit a very different world; a detective breaks into his former home to spy on his estranged family; a couple reflect on twenty-five years of marriage under the Northern Lights; and an old man volunteering in a charity shop forms a tender bond with a young single mother.
______________________
'David Park is one of my favourite writers. This beautiful, nuanced, perceptive collection of stories is a considerable achievement. Somehow he writes with both grace and muscularity, and every page resounds with the sort of truthfulness that stirs deep recognitions in the reader. This is important, committed work from a writer who knows what he's about, but Park is also such a pleasure to read. I loved this book' Joseph O'Connor
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      • content: A writer's writer, a creator of provocative, light-footed novels of understated sophistication ... Gods and Angels moves effortlessly between generation, ideas and dramatic constructs ... Park is to be commended for offering surprises throughout God and Angels, for his great skill with language and emotion, and for making estrangement, one of the great themes of his work, as uncomfortable to read about on the page as it is to experience in real life
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        Notwithstanding its title, this new work from the multi-award-winning Park (e.g., The Poets' Wives was selected as Belfast's One City One Book read) features ordinary people in not exactly extraordinary circumstances, just tilted enough to be revelatory. A private eye who stresses how boring surveillance really is breaks into the home where he once lived with his now estranged wife and child; an educated young man crosses paths with some shady types at a leisure complex, trading his knowledge of the perfect wedding poem for their encouragement in learning to swim; and a 17-year-old dreads his annual Boxing Day visit with his mentally imbalanced mother, on which his cherished father insists. These stories reveal our constant longing amid life's imperfections, but Caravaggio himself says here, "There is no sense of achievement, no lasting satisfaction." VERDICT Thoughtful scenarios, polished prose; for all story collections.

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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