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The angel carver
Thomas, Rosanne Daryl.
Adult Fiction THOMAS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This very modern fairy tale, in which such timeless evils as envy, greed and cruelty are abetted by the latest advances in computer graphics technology, has the spare impact of both its literary antecedents and television cartoons. Four decades ago in the borough of Brooklyn, Angela, the beloved young wife of shoe repairman Jack Standini, descended into the subway on a trip to Manhattan and was never seen again. After Angela's disappearance (``She was just gone . . . lost like a glove or a sock or a dream, missing''), Jack kept to himself, fixing shoes by day and carving wood angels--exquisite and jewel-eyed, in all sizes--by night in the back room of his apartment. Then young, vulnerable Lucille enters his shop and, awakening Jack's interest in the present, soon moves into his bedroom (he sleeps on the sofa). Deciding to model herself after Marilyn Monroe, Lucille catches the eye of Buddy Lomax, a computer graphics techie (employed at Linotype Hell Graphics) whose obsession with recreating the dead Marilyn darkly mirrors Jack's devotion to his angels. Building on Buddy's monumental venality, Lucille's passivity and a murder in Jack's neighborhood, film-student Thomas propels the plot of this page-turning story in glancingly immediate, cinematic scenes. Innocence, constancy, artistic integrity and the evanescence of beauty are among the age-old themes addressed with vivid, compelling intensity in this quirky, high-flying tale. Under the pseudonym Prince Charming, Thomas wrote Complications. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This unusual, allegorical novel is filled with a regretful wistfulness for so many might-have-beens. In a spare but elegant style, first novelist Thomas describes the improbable relationship that develops between Jack, a lonely cobbler whose 19-year-old wife disappeared mysteriously many years before, and Lucille, a young woman who dreams of becoming Marilyn Monroe. Into their lives comes Buddy Lomax, a shrewd computer technician, who is able to manipulate graphic images on an ingenious machine aptly named ``Hell.'' He promises to help Lucille transform herself into the movie goddess, even as he schemes to rob Jack of his secret life's work of magnificent wood-carved angels. This exquisite cautionary fable is highly recommended.-- Barbara Love, St. Lawrence Coll., Kingston, Ontario (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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