Angels of Destruction

Angels of Destruction

by Keith Donohue

I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation. The book is Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue.

Before we get to Keith’s book, I’m celebrating this week because this is the 100th edition of Fiction Nation. First I have to thank all the authors who patiently answered my questions as I learned how to actually do an interview, the agents who keep me in touch with my idols the writers, and folks like Tom Robinson, publicist to the stars, and his reliably impeccable taste. I also want to thank my mom — it is Mother’s Day week — who never told me I’d ruin my eyes and has always been my biggest fan. Props to Amy and Paul who keep the website running and provide my theme music — I literally could not have done it without you. And I have to thank my bosses in Washington and in New York for allowing me the absolute luxury of reading for a living.

Keith Donohue was my very first in studio guest, and I think I was his first live interview as well. That book, The Stolen Child, was a marvelous dreamlike ramble between this world and the one we can’t see, and I’m pleased to say it was quite successful. So I promised Keith I’d have him back for show 100 and here we are with his new book, Angels of Destruction. Again, we meet mysterious children. Again, we are left to wonder what to believe, and again Donohue’s prose makes me think of things like ice — clear, but you can’t quite see through it. In this book, angels are not rosy-cheeked kids who keep you from falling into open manholes, but awesome and powerful agents of change — and change can be a scary place.

Margaret knows that, she’s newly widowed, her only daughter has long vanished, and she opens the door one winter night to find Norah, who appears to be an orphaned girl. But who or what is Norah? What does she have to do with Margaret’s missing daughter?Ê And who is the mysterious man in the camel coat that seems to be pursuing her? There are more questions than answers, but that might be the whole purpose of Norah’s visit — helping to figure out what’s more important — knowing the answers, or embracing the questions.


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