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Book Title: Angel Angel|
The author of the book: April Stevens
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Reader ratings: 6.2
Date of issue: February 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780670858392
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 813 KB
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I'm divorced, my ex-husband has re-married, I have 2 teenage children who I was very devoted to when they were younger, I am middle-class, white, and have many artists in the family, and despite all of these similarities with the main character, I could not relate to her at all.
The book, although it appears to be written in the first-person voice of the mother, and switches to second-person for the two sons and the son's girlfriend, is actually more tuned in to the perspective of the younger son, age 18, who inexplicably has just failed to graduate when his father abandons the family.
The mother's bedridden state of depression is not unusual, but the author gives us absolutely nothing to deepen our empathy or understanding of her state of mind, not even as she gradually is lifted out of it.
Her two sons' experience of her and their own depression has a little more dimension, and therefore is a bit more engaging. The ubiquitous cigarette smoking bothers me, but I suppose it's realistic. An entire month is spent with the main character drunk even though he loves his girlfriend, he's just discovered a creative side to himself, and he has a job he likes, which doesn't make sense to me and therefore seems like a writing device or construct and not a true story.
I found the entire work to be frustrating, depressing, and murky. The older brother's dysfunction is never explained, explored, or addressed by the author or any characters - anyone in the family, and even though it's bad enough that he has sex with the younger brother's girlfriend while he's drunk & ignoring her, as the book ends, readers must see that the worst is yet to come for the entire family. The older brother still sees her as the only female in the entire universe, and the younger brother only appreciates her because she understands him so well, and takes care of him so well, and yet, she is pregnant and the two are about to become uncle and father. What a disaster that will be! Jeeeeez.
Imagining the future of this family made me want to get into my pajamas, get into bed, ignore my laundry for a month, and stop eating. Except that this novel clearly demonstrated that no insight will be gained by that, no personal growth will happen, and I'd be very likely to grow addicted to cigarettes.
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