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Angels Go Naked A Novel

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Angels Go Naked is the vexed love story of Webster, a microbiologist at Berkeley, Margy, a violinist for the Chicago Symphony, and the collision course they call their life together. Against all probability, they meet, fall in love, and marry. Margy begins to think about having a child, and it is here that Cornelia Nixon most brilliantly captures the troubled but deeply sy ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 16th 2000 by Counterpoint
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Stephen Gallup
Oddly, this is packaged as a collection of stories, although it's quite obviously a novel. I suppose that's because some of the chapters were published separately in various literary journals, and presumably all of them might stand alone as short stories.

The main character is Margy, a gifted professional violinist, and I picked up the book largely because of my own interest in the violin and music in general. To my surprise, music has very little to do with the story. Much is made of the politic
I would not have expected to be interested in this collection based on the description. The main character is a symphony violinist, and that whole high art classical music scene isn't one that I'm in to. But the stories never come off hoity-toity--they are incisive looks at the way little experiences and emotions have profound effects on our relationships. It's well-written and engrossing.
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Cornelia Nixon has written three novels, Jarrettsville, Now You See It and Angels Go Naked, as well as a book of literary criticism. She has published stories in numerous publications, and has won two O. Henry Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction. She lives in Berkeley, California."
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