Disaster is only a handful of words away. And they are already being spoken...
An abused young boy craves the affection of his crusading mother, who brutally rejects him in favour of cultivating the dependence of lonely and desperate strangers. Acolytes who will, when promised emancipation from their suffering, cater to her every bizarre and catastrophic whim without question.
Poignant, harrowing and humorous, this poetic, bitter-sweet, dreamlike fable examines the corrosive pain of social isolation and emotional vulnerability, the devastating fragility of devotion and the power of love to transport us to perfect, imperfect and dangerously unpredictable places.
Publisher: Avalanche Books
Number of pages: 398
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: New edition
"I have never read such beautiful writing. I was stunned! The most beautifully written coming of age novel...EVER!!;The Failing of Angels has a plot to ponder...but really, the highlight is the writing. It is gorgeous. Tutton is a poet and that sensibility comes out in the book. Each sentence just needs to be reread. There are moments of pure beauty counterbalanced by sorrow but nevertheless there is a great amount of pleasure reading tightly crafted prose. The coming of age novel is nothing new in literature but Chris Tutton gives the genre a fresh outlook and I can guarantee that there will never be one which is as evocatively written as The Failing of Angels" Robert Pisani. "One of the most strikingly written books I've read all year; Tutton's prose is striking, full of alliteration, rhythm and unusual images...a strong heady brew of language that's well worth reading." David Hebblethwaite, David's Book World. Reading across the globe.