Angels of Destruction: A Novel by Keith Donohue

By Keith Donohue

"A magical story of affection and redemption that's as splendidly written because it is pleasing . . . Angels earns its wings."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Margaret Quinn lives by myself, quietly mourning the disappearance of her purely baby, who fled ten years past to affix an intensive pupil staff referred to as the Angels of Destruction.

On a chilly winter’s evening, a nine-year-old woman arrives on Margaret’s doorstep, claiming to be an orphan without position to move. This baby beguiles Margaret, and jointly they hatch a plan to move her off as her newly came upon granddaughter, Norah Quinn.

Their conspiracy is made susceptible via Norah’s magical revelations to the kids of town, and by means of a lone determine shadowing the lady, who threatens to bare the child’s real id and objective. who're those strangers quite? and what's their connection to the previous, the Angels, and Margaret’s long-missing daughter?

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The little girl yawned, revealing the jagged mouth of baby molars and holes, the serrated edges of her adult teeth piercing the gums at odd angles. ” “Norah, with an A-H at the end. ” Both hands of the clock slipped off twelve. “There's an extra bed at the top of the stairs. ” “I haven't any mother. Or father either. No one at all in this wide world. I am an orphan, Mrs. ” A sliver of sorrow cut through her heart. “I'm so sorry. ” “Always. Since the beginning. ” “And where have you come from? —who bothered her for months after Erica went missing.

By the way, my name is—” “Mrs. Quinn,” he said. “Everyone knows who you are. ” Margaret pulled the girl to stand in front of her so that he might memorize her face. ” The girl squirmed beneath her hands and stuck out the tip of her tongue at him. ” 6 Piece by piece, they unpacked the few clothes from Norahs valise. As Mrs. Quinn inspected each article against the light, the girl described its history and her sentimental attachments, and then it would be folded into one of two piles: those that could be washed and mended to wear again, and the clothing that must be discarded—thrown away, or better yet, taken out back and incinerated in the wire-mesh barrel.

The second outburst of gasps and giggles could not be suppressed by a mere stare. Mrs. Patterson rapped her knuckles upon the desktop. “Class, plenty of children live with their grandparents, so I don't think that's any excuse—” Two boys in the back pointed at Norah's old shoes and enjoyed a conspiratorial laugh. Sensing her control of the entire day ebbing, the teacher cut short the introduction. “All right, class, back to your circles. ” “If it's all the same to you, Mrs. ” “Sit where you please, child.

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