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The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson
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May 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: literary-fiction, my-bookgroup-made-me-do-it
Read from May 20 to 23, 2012

Utterly surprising book that kept my stomach in knots 'til the end. A true literary page-turner, this novel was inspired by true events in WWI Hungary, where a group of women living in a remote village began killing their abusive husbands (and sometimes other "burdensome" relatives) with arsenic supplied by a local midwife/healer after the end of the war brought the men home. Thanks to generally superb writing, I cared about these women, even as I was horrified at the escalating toll. My favorite descriptions were of the peasant women hearing Italian spoken for the first time by POWs in a nearby camp: "...calls out to his companion in a language that sounds like bubbles blown underwater..." and "calling to one another in that intoxicating language, syllables running together like bead necklaces."

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