No Place for an Angel

No Place for an Angel

by Elizabeth Spencer


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Hailed as Elizabeth Spencer's best novel (Michael Gorra, New York Review of Books), this lost masterpiece of midcentury America traces the decline of the fortunate and the search for redemption in Kennedy-era America.

Winner of five O. Henry Awards and the 2013 Rea Prize for Short Fiction, Elizabeth Spencer has long been considered a master of the short story, yet her novels are no less a showcase for her uncanny ability to depict how "twisted, chafing, inescapable, and life-supporting" (Alice Munro) the ties that bind families and marriages are. Nowhere are these skills more evident than in her fourth novel, No Place for an Angel, a Jamesian portrait of Cold War America that follows two fracturing marriages—Catherine and Jerry Sasser, a Texas heiress and a ruthless political fixer, and Irene and Charles Waddell, a worldly pair involved with American policymaking in Italy—as they cross paths from the oil fields of Texas to Rome and New York. Witty, mordant, but above all deeply perceptive of the secret emotional worlds of her characters, Spencer portrays the limitless ambition of the postwar world, the soaring rise of her characters, and, finally, their diminishing fortunes, which lead to smaller but firmer destinies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631490637
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Winner of the PEN/Malamud prize and five O. Henry awards, Elizabeth Spencer is the author of nine novels, six short story collections, a memoir, and a play. She lives in North Carolina.

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