Ohio Angels by Harriet Scott Chessman
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Harriet Scott Chessman’s Ohio Angels is an intimate and a lyrical story about friendship and family struggles. Hallie, a painter who now lives in Brooklyn, returns to her family home in Ohio, where she unearths a secret about her parents. Her discovery sheds light on her mother’s depression, which shadowed her own childhood, and helps her understand her own inability to have children. In her hometown, Hallie reconnects with a beloved childhood friend, Rose, who is now a writer and pregnant with her third child.
Chessman beautifully evokes the childhood memories of the two friends, illuminating their very different lives. As in Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, Chessman’s compassionate and perceptive gaze reveals an entire new world for us—one that is subtle, alive, and deeply honest.

About Harriet Scott Chessman

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Harriet Scott Chessman is the author of the acclaimed novels Ohio Angels and Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper as well as The Public Is Invited to Dance, a book about Gertrude Stein. Formerly an associate professor of English and women’s studies at Yale University, she has also taught literature and writing at Bread Loaf School of English and Wesleyan University, and has published several essays on modern literature.
Published April 1, 1999 by Permanent Pr Pub Co. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Shocked by this turn of events, Hallie begins to ask friends about her mother’s moods and health, and is stunned to learn that Virginia had a miscarriage herself while Hallie was still a young child.

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(Virginia at one point wonders, "Why should I open my eyes, when I know precisely what he will look like?") Hallie's childhood friend Rose, "would-be writer, plump woman, plumped down in the middle of the slow state of Ohio," is the matriarch of a chaotic but loving household.

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