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Angel Fire is a haunting tale of two brothers' separate odysseys of self-discovery. Twenty-four years after war correspondent Daniel McLeod is killed in a Viet Cong ambush, his only brother Cassidy is drawn by a mysterious caller to their Wyoming hometown, where he must confront a lifetime of his own ghosts. Their story is about how we seek equilibrium, a delicate balance between memory and the unknown, dislocation and homecoming, loss and retoration.

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Overview

Angel Fire is a haunting tale of two brothers' separate odysseys of self-discovery. Twenty-four years after war correspondent Daniel McLeod is killed in a Viet Cong ambush, his only brother Cassidy is drawn by a mysterious caller to their Wyoming hometown, where he must confront a lifetime of his own ghosts. Their story is about how we seek equilibrium, a delicate balance between memory and the unknown, dislocation and homecoming, loss and retoration.

Set agains the deceptive simplicity of a small town on the high plains, Angel Fire is a story of timeless rhythms. It resonates with the familiarity of tales told for millennia, but they are written anew here, as fresh as a Wyoming summer breeze.

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Greg Bean
"Ron Franscell's first novel, Angel Fire, is a masterpiece of storytelling in the finest tradition of American literature. With an extraordinary eye for detail, a newspaperman's ear for language and a strong, honest voice, he tells a compelling and bittersweet tale with roots so deep in the hardscrabble Western plains it draws it sustenance from the wellspring of the American spirit. Like the best of his contemporaries -- Jim Thompson, Tim O'Brien, Nicholas Evans, Monty Roberts and Cormac McCarthy -- Franscell writes best of what he knows. Drawing from his own experience growing up in small-town Wyoming and a career as a Rocky Mountain newspaperman, he weaves an epic so rich and graceful its soars above its geography to ride the swift currents of our collective experience. More than a coming-of-age story, more than a story of young men whose lives are shattered by the horrors of war, more than the story of a painful spiritual journey, this book will make you laugh, and it will make you cry -- but best of all, it will make you think. Angel Fire is undoubtedly the most powerful novel I've read this year, and destined to be a classic." --Greg Bean
Melissa Pritchard
"Ron Franscell ... powerfully and precisely delineates a sense of place and evokes the lifelong passionate and necessary relationship between two brothers -- a relationship marked by discovery, loss and reunion. His narrative powers so effectlessly persuade us ... of the reality of Cassidy and Daniel McLeod, of their father Archimedes, of their town, West Canaan, Wyoming in 1957 ... we gladly forgo our comfortable, habit-drenched world for his more compelling and emotionally provocative one. From their first tender and innocent surveyings of the world as they know it, from the top of West Canaan's water tower, to their more chastened , adult perceptions of a much larger, dismayingly complex, more compromised world, to the fragile hope implied in their narrative promises us an important novel of haunting and mythic proportions." --Melissa Pritchard, Pushcart Prize and Flannery O' Connor Award Winner
Warren Adler
"Francell's achievement is to provide us with deep insights and understanding of the human condition rarely seen in contemporary novels" -- Warren Adler
Library Journal
A beautiful novel of family love and loyalty set in Wyoming, Angel Fire focuses on Cassidy McLeod, writer and journalist from a long line of newspapermen, whose troubled life is finally reconciled through tragedy and loss. Cassidy's brother Daniel, reported killed in Vietnam while on assignment for the San Francisco Chronicle, is rescued and returned to home and family in 1995, haunted by ghosts of his life in Vietnam during the past 20 years. Guilt and love compel Cassidy to suspend his own life in San Francisco to care for his brother. The horror of war and its impact on those who have experienced it are vividly presented, tempered by Cassidy's memories of childhood and his adulation for an older brother and by Franscell's evocation of small-town life during the 1950s. Reminiscent of Robert Olin Butler, Franscell has a wonderful command of the English language and a writing style that cannot fail to capture the reader's imagination. Recommended.--Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
The Denver Post
Using richly descriptive, flowing prose and artful plotting, Franscell has woven together the quiet impact of childhood in a small town and the complexities of full blown adulthood. In the challenges of Daniel and Cassidy McLeod, we see our own problems and looming self doubt. In their triumphs, we envision hopes all of our own."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965970129
  • Publisher: Laughing Owl Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Franscell

Ron Franscell is a journalist whose work regularly appears in publications such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He is also a novelist, whose books include Angel Fire and The Deadline. He grew up in Wyoming and currently lives in Texas.

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