Born into a tumultuous world of neglectful bohemian parents and an overbearing grandmother, Cinnamon Monday lives through an imagination inspired by the nineteenth-century heroines she admires. As she grows older, and her make-believe worlds are not enough to protect her, she descends into drug addiction and eventual resignation. When this finally leads her to be physically beaten near the point of death, she is saved by a compassionate neighbor named Sam who gives Cinnamon the opportunity to reclaim her life. Now, working at Sam's vineyard in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley, Cinnamon Monday attempts to put her life in order, find the will to overcome past demons, and utilize her strengths to live a positive, successful life on her own terms.
|Publisher:||Winter Goose Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
Born in San Francisco, Rayme Waters spent much of her youth in Northern California as well as a few years in Sweden. Previously nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Dzanc Best of the Web Award for her short story �The Watertower�.
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The Angels' Share based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is the perfect book for a late summer weekend, when the nights are just starting to get cooler and the Wine Country crush is in the offing. Rayme Waters knows her stuff - The Angel's Share transported me to a Sonoma Valley vineyard and her evocative writing made me want to settle in and stay. Her characters are memorable, the language rich and gorgeous. Waters sucessfully alternates between the main character's past and present, painting a clear picture of how Cinnamon Monday, the daughter of part-time, bohemian parents, ends up working in a Sonoma vineyard as a means of saving herself. It would be easy to blame Cinnamon's destructive spiral on several characters in the book, but Waters is too good a writer for that. Instead, she serves up a supporting cast of complex, fully-realized characters, sometimes trying to do their best; other times self-centered and destructive, but always interesting. How Cinnamon battles her demons and chooses to start living again by re-establishing a connection to her favorite literary heroines, by returning to the land that is the strongest link to her past and her present, and by reconsidering friendships offered by both a caring stranger and an estranged cousin, makes for a compelling read full of twists and turns, with an ending well worthy of a toast.
I was fortunate that I started this book right before a long day of travel, which allowed me to read most of it in one sitting. I found the evolution of Cinnamon, the protagonist, from child to adult compelling because of the many occasions of self-sabotage along the way. The straight and narrow holds no appeal for adolescent Cinnamon, leading to a narrative fraught with tension. Particularly evocative are the scenes involving drug use, esp. meth. Waters' descriptions, while never gratuitous or overwrought, made my skin crawl. A great read and an auspicious debut from a talented writer!
A beautifully written story that had me engaged from start to finish. Loved it!