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This is a novel for everyone who has ever been happily married -- and for everyone who would like to be. Reminiscent of the work of David Bergen and Barbara Gowdy, Love Letters of the Angels of Death heralds the arrival of a formidable literary voice.
A breathtaking literary debut, Love Letters of the Angels of Death begins as a young couple discover the remains of his mother in her mobile home. The rest of the family fall back, leaving them to reckon with the messy, unexpected death. By the time the burial is over, they understand this will always be their role: to liaise with death on behalf of people they love. They are living angels of death. All the major events in their lives – births, medical emergencies, a move to a northern boomtown, the theft of a veteran’s headstone – are viewed from this ambivalent angle. In this shadowy place, their lives unfold: fleeting moments, ordinary occasions, yet on the brink of otherworldliness. In spare, heart-stopping prose, the transient joys, fears, hopes and heartbreaks of love, marriage, and parenthood are revealed through the lens of the eternal, unfolding within the course of natural life.
Jennifer Quist is a writer, critic, and author of two award-winning novels.Love Letters of the Angels of Death (LLP 2013) was long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Award. On its merits, she was named an Alberta Lieutenant Governor's Emerging Artist of the year in 2014. Sistering (LLP 2015) was awarded best novel of 2015 by the Association for Mormon Letters and long-listed for the Alberta Readers Choice Award. The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner was publishing in 2018. Quist's non-fiction is published in New Left Review, The Puritan, The Awl, Maclean's, and The Globe and Mail and on CBC Radio. A graduate student at the University of Alberta studying Comparative Literature and Chinese, she lives in Edmonton with her family.