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Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier
Falling Angels
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A fashionable London cemetery, January 1901: Two graves stand side by side, one decorated with an oversize classical urn, the other with a sentimental marble angel. Two families, visiting their respective graves on the day after Queen Victoria's death, teeter on the brink of a new era. The... show more
A fashionable London cemetery, January 1901: Two graves stand side by side, one decorated with an oversize classical urn, the other with a sentimental marble angel. Two families, visiting their respective graves on the day after Queen Victoria's death, teeter on the brink of a new era. The Colemans and the Waterhouses are divided by social class as well as taste. They would certainly not have become acquainted had not their two girls, meeting behind the tombstones, become best friends. And, even more unsuitably, become involved with the gravedigger's muddy son. As the girls grow up, as the new king changes social customs, as a new, forward-thinking era takes wing, the lives and fortunes of the two families become more and more closely intertwined-neighbors in life as well as death. Against a gas-lit backdrop of social and political history, Tracy Chevalier explores the prejudices and flaws of a changing time. A novel that is at once elegant, daring, original, and compelling, Falling Angels is a splendid follow-up to the book The New York Times called "marvelously evocative" and The Wall Street Journal deemed "triumphant."
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780525945819 (0525945814)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
4.0 Falling Angels
In Falling Angels Tracy Chevalier tells the story of two London families at the dawn of the Edwardian era. The day after Queen Victoria's death both the Colemans and the Waterhouses visit the cemetary, visiting the gravesites of their own family. Their plots are adjoining and their daughters, Maud...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
I enjoyed Chevalier's "Girl with a Pearl Earring' so I picked this up as well.It's a character-driven historical novel of two families, especially their daughters, who grow up as neighbors, their lives intertwining and becoming complicated through the cemetery by their homes, from the death of Victo...
Cecily's book reviews
Cecily's book reviews rated it
3.0
Having multiple narrators means you effectively (though in a rather contrived way) see different views of death, class, relationships, suffragettes and growing up in the changeable times at the start of the 20th century.
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