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67. Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa...

April 16, 2009
From the press release:
Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.
I finally got around to reading Dirty Little Angels, and boy. It packs a whammy of a story into such a little (anything under 300 pages is "little" to me...) book. Hailey is complicated. Adrift. Unable to do anything to help anyone around her, unable to figure out what to do about her mom's depression, her dad's addiction, her brother's life of violence. Moses, the preacher, is creepy. The kind of guy who'd make my skin crawl. But to Hailey, he offers hope that God might save her family.

Unfortunately for Hailey, Moses is not the kind of guy who'll bring salvation to anyone. *sigh* But that's something Hailey needs to learn for herself. And boy, does she. A gripping debut novel from Chris Tusa.

Title: Dirty Little Angels
Author: Chris Tusa
ISBN-13: 978-1-60489-030-3
Paperback: 147 pages
Publisher: The University of Alabama's Livingston Press


The Book Resort said...

My review is going up this weekend. This book was definitely a heavy~hitter.
It really is powerful.
Chris did an awesome job. I look forward to more from this talented writer, Drey :}.

LuAnn said...

I've got to read this book!

Unknown said...

Hi Drey!

You sure made this one sound good!

Moses sure sounds creepy to, in a making my skin crawl type of way.

Dottie :)

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