A Cry of Angels [NOOK Book]

Overview

It is the mid-1950s in Quarrytown, Georgia. In the slum known as the Ape Yard, hope's last refuge is a boardinghouse where a handful of residents dream of a better life. Earl Whitaker, who is white, and Tio Grant, who is black, are both teenagers, both orphans, and best friends. In the same house live two of the most important adults in the boys' lives: Em Jojohn, the gigantic Lumbee Indian handyman, is notorious for his binges, his rat-catching prowess, and his mysterious departures from town. Jayell Crooms, a ...

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A Cry of Angels

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Overview

It is the mid-1950s in Quarrytown, Georgia. In the slum known as the Ape Yard, hope's last refuge is a boardinghouse where a handful of residents dream of a better life. Earl Whitaker, who is white, and Tio Grant, who is black, are both teenagers, both orphans, and best friends. In the same house live two of the most important adults in the boys' lives: Em Jojohn, the gigantic Lumbee Indian handyman, is notorious for his binges, his rat-catching prowess, and his mysterious departures from town. Jayell Crooms, a gifted but rebellious architect, is stuck in a loveless marriage to a conventional woman intent on climbing the social ladder.


Crooms's vision of a new Ape Yard, rebuilt by its own residents, unites the four-and puts them on a collision course with Doc Bobo, a smalltown Machiavelli who rules the community like a feudal lord. Jeff Fields's exuberantly defined characters and his firmly rooted sense of place have earned A Cry of Angels an intensely loyal following. Its republication, more than three decades since it first appeared, is cause for celebration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820338637
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 662,662
  • File size: 650 KB

Meet the Author

Jeff Fields was born in Georgia and attended high school in Elberton, which inspired the fictional setting for A Cry of Angels. He currently lives in Atlanta. After working for many years in television and radio, Fields now writes full-time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2009

    An exceptional book which ranks up there with Pat Conroy, Larry McMurtry, Nelson DeMille.

    I can't believe this book is not being talked about. Oprah should have this on her list! Outstanding. The character study is genuine, the stories inside the story are funny, witty and deep. Loved this book. Could not put it down. Jeff Fields...where have you been all my life!

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