Tracy Chevalier

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Falling Angels

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Fiction
UK HarperCollins
US Dutton (Penguin Group USA)
2001
January 1901, the day after Queen Victoria’s death: Two families visit neighboring graves in a fashionable London cemetery. One is decorated with a sentimental angel, the other an elaborate urn. The Waterhouses revere the late Queen and cling to Victorian traditions; the Colemans look forward to a more modern society. To their mutual distaste, the families are inextricably linked when their daughters become friends behind the tombstones. And worse, befriend the gravedigger’s son.

As the girls grow up and the new century finds its feet, as cars replace horses and electricity outshines gas lighting, Britain emerges from the shadows of oppressive Victorian values to a golden Edwardian summer. It is then that the beautiful, frustrated Mrs Coleman makes a bid for greater personal freedom, with disastrous consequences, and the lives of the Colemans and the Waterhouses are changed forever.

A poignant tale of two families brought reluctantly together, Falling Angels is an intimate story of childhood friendships, sexual awakening and human frailty. Yet its epic sweep takes in the changing of a nation, the fight for women’s suffrage and the questioning of steadfast beliefs.
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Reviews


Her portraiture is as intense and jewel-like as a chromolithograph... a highly accomplished work.Boston Globe
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Chevalier is a master of voices.Janice P. Nimura
New York Times
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Chevalier's ringing prose is as radiantly efficient as well-tended silver.Gillian Flyn
Entertainment Weekly
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A rich story that is true to the era without being a pastiche.Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Chevalier has a gift for deftly integrating masses of historical detail into her fiction.The Washington Post
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The author's grip on the reader is as powerful as in her first novel... It is almost impossible to break off reading this driving narrative.The Independent
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Chevalier does a good line in ghouls, with visits from the Coleman grandmother as much a treat for readers as it is a shuddering nightmare for her relatives.The Guardian
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Chevalier writes with sharpness and insight.The Sunday Times
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A well researched, vividly imagined and entirely credible tale.The Sunday Telegraph
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Chevalier handles this material beautifully... Writing about the past — especially this much written-about period — has its pitfalls, but Chevalier has triumphantly avoided them.The Times
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Marvellous... Chevalier catches a society on the brink of the modern age.Daily Mail
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