Snow Angels by Stewart O'Nan
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Arthur Parkinson is fourteen during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing the confusing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents’ divorce. His world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of Annie Marchand, his beloved former baby-sitter. Narrated by the adult Arthur, who continues to be haunted by memories, the story of a young man’s unraveling family and the circumstances leading up to Annie’s death forms the backdrop for an intimate tale of the price of love and belonging, told in a spare, translucent, and unexpectedly tender voice.

 

About Stewart O'Nan

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STEWART O'NAN is the author of twelve previous novels, including Songs for the Missing, A Prayer for the Dying, and Snow Angels. In Faithful, he and Stephen King chronicled the 2004 Boston Red Sox. He was born, raised, and lives in Pittsburgh with his family.
 
Published October 1, 2003 by Picador. 334 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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This first novel is an impressive achievement: a universal yet never generic examination of small-town tragedy.

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Publishers Weekly

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The lives of two small-town Pennsylvania families connected by tragedy are related in this assured and affecting first novel by the author of the short-story collection, In the Walled City. Narrator A

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As he relates the circumstances leading to Annie's death-the culmination of a string of rash and heedless acts that included leaving her husband, engaging in an affair with her best friend's boyfriend and proving negligent in the care of her young daughter-Artie also chronicles his own parents' a...

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Publishers Weekly

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First novelist O'Nan links the troubled family life of a teenage boy with the events leading up to the violent death of his beloved former baby-sitter.

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AV Club

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Much like Badlands and Days Of Heaven director Terrence Malick, long his primary source of inspiration, director David Gordon Green makes films via a curious and delicate alchemy, which stems from a desire to find the poetry in nature and everyday life.

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Pajiba

The fact is worth noting, not because Green has calcified an aesthetic and turned himself into a mini-industry like the other three, but because he hasn’t.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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PopMatters

Strong emotions – even negative emotions – can fuel strong writing, and the writing itself in Snow Angels seems at the start to be up to the task.

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Curled Up

Whereas Annie Marchand was once the delightful babysitter to Arthur and Astrid, she soon inadvertently becomes the center of many of the family’s problems, especially Arthur.

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Red Room

Whereas Annie Marchand was once the delightful babysitter to Arthur and Astrid, she soon inadvertently becomes the center of many of the problems for this family and especially Arthur.

Jul 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Snow Angels: A Novel

Variety

Mysteriously structured around two broken families and two fateful gunshots, "Snow Angels" reps a chilly departure for David Gordon Green.

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