Dirty Little Angels is a novel that takes place in a poor section in the New Orleans area. The narrating character is a 16 year old girl named Hailey...moreDirty Little Angels is a novel that takes place in a poor section in the New Orleans area. The narrating character is a 16 year old girl named Hailey from a highly dysfunctional family. She spends her time with a strange and deviant cast of characters including: her older brother Cyrus and his friend Moses who are working on building a drive through church, but spend their nights drinking and beating people up; Meridian, a classmate who wears skimpy clothes and is know for being easy (and comes from a long line of easy women); a drunk father who spends too much time at the pool hall; her depressed and injured mother who hasn't been the same since a recent miscarriage; and a rich mean uncle.
Tusa is really great at description. When he brings in a new character, you can see the person standing in front of you. His vivid description of the people and places in this book make it easy to visualize. The dialog is prolific and very real. And by very real, I mean. . . it's sometimes pretty mundane. It often reads similarly to the dialog in a Hemingway novel. I'm not a fan of Hemingway, just for the record.
This is not a book for the faint of heart. It's definitely rated R material (with a few X rated scenes tossed into the mix). While some call it "gritty" and "raw," I think some of it goes a little too far over to "gratuitous."
I have a feeling we'll see more of Tusa's work in the future. This is his second published novel and I expect to see more after this. While it's not a style I'm a huge fan of, many people love it and this is a good example of the style. I didn't rate this book terribly highly, but I don't much care for The Great Gatsby either and look where that book stands in the annals of literature today. This book has a similar tone of social commentary to that in The Great Gatsby, for that matter.
So, while I didn't like this book very much, I can appreciate the style and understand that it's the sort of book many people favor. I think Tusa is a talented author who will likely put out more work in the future.
As part of the Librarything.com member giveaway review program, I received a copy of the novel Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa. I'm in no way obligated to review this book in any certain light. (less)
The Final Summit features main character, David Ponder as a time traveling. . . well. . . old businessman. Ponder must save humanity and he has a dead...moreThe Final Summit features main character, David Ponder as a time traveling. . . well. . . old businessman. Ponder must save humanity and he has a deadline by which to do so. He is joined by a large gathering of famous figures from history who he has been called to lead in this mission.
I think this book is sort of what might happen if Frank Peretti and Michael Crichton got together to write a novel, but were told they weren't allowed to add much action. Don't get me wrong here. . . I really like Crichton's work and some people actually like Peretti's. But the net result in this case is a slow moving, preachy novel.
It is interesting the way Andrews weaves together historical accounts with commentary on the state of humankind and what he believes we must all do in the face of everything in order to maintain civilization. His historical accounts are accurate and he clearly researched each figure that had a prominent role in the story.
If you like Christian easy-read fiction, this book is a great choice. It'll probably make you think a little bit, but not so much you'll have to really work at it. So if you're looking for a quick little summer read, pick this one up tomorrow when it hits the shelves!
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Instead of writing a full review of this, I'd like to simply link to someone else's review that exactly echos my sentiments for this book. It also cra...moreInstead of writing a full review of this, I'd like to simply link to someone else's review that exactly echos my sentiments for this book. It also cracked me up.