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When the Angels Left the Old Country

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Wild tale of Jewish immigrants and supernatural beings.

Book Sacha Lamb Fantasy 2022
Book cover: When the Angels Left the Old Country

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Sacha Lamb's stunning first novel is an imaginative, emotional, thought-provoking study of good and evil, being human, and the unexpected miracles of love. Steeped in 19th century Jewish culture, When the Angels Left the Old Country is the tale of two supernatural best friends, an angel and a demon, whose bond is strong despite the fact they've never agreed about anything. It's also the story of 16-year-old Rose fleeing her best friend's betrayal, how their paths cross en route to America, what they find when they get there, and what they do about it. Ghosts, demons, murderers, thieves, cruel factory owners, and Ellis Island are just a few of the perils they face along the way. Packed with Yiddish and Hebrew expressions (defined in a glossary) and phrasings, the narrative voice is unique, immersive, and irresistible.

Here, in the first of many events that make the angel wonder what it's gotten itself into, Little Ash has just extracted and devoured the soul of a murderer who foolishly tried to kill the angel.

"The angel hesitated a moment. 'I suppose someone ought to watch over his body,' it said, thinking of the Law, and of tradition.

"'Why?' said Little Ash, not unreasonably. "The demons already got him. Come on, you. We should be gone already. Unless you want I should eat the police?'"

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