In the Company of Angels by N.M.Kelby

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A compelling novel of dark miracles and angelic visitation, set in a Nazi-occupied Belgian town that is scented by chocolate and haunted by war.

It is World War II, a small village in France near the border of Belgium. Marie Claire is a young French Jew, cared for by her grandmother, who cultivates flowers. A shattering of glass, and Marie Claire's village is in rubble. Her grandmother is dead, everyone is dead. She flees to the root cellar of her grandmother's house and waits . . .

She is saved by two Belgian nuns who take Marie Claire away to their convent in Tournai, Belgium, where they have been hiding Jews for transport to Switzerland. It is then that the miracles begin. Is Marie Claire causing them The answer to that question remains mysterious until the last pages of this entirely original debut. In a town scented with chocolate, haunted by memories of the past and the desperation of the present, the miraculous is sometimes hard to recognize. A suspenseful novel of enormous power and sensitivity, In the Company of Angels introduces a distinctly imaginative new voice in fiction.


About N.M.Kelby

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kelby is the winner of a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature and the Heekin Group Foundation's James Fellowship for the Novel. She divides her time between Sarasota, Florida and Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Published April 1, 2001 by Hyperion. 164 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Marie Claire misses them very much") by the Germans, and now comes the bombing that eliminates the rest of the family—except for Marie Claire, who alone survives, near-buried (like an iris bulb) in the dirt of a basement.

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The only major flaw in the novel is the characterization of Marie Claire.

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In this slender, fragile wisp of a novel, the horrors of the Holocaust are refracted through a single narrow, piercing beam of light — a young Jewish girl who's being sheltered by a pair of nuns in a small Belgian town and may or may not be touched by some power to cause miracles.

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After a bomb kills her grandmother, Marie Claire is rescued by two nuns and given shelter in their convent.

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