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Mary E. Kingsley

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in Kingsport, Tennessee, The United States

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Mary E. Kingsley was born and raised in northeastern Tennessee, surrounded by the hills of southern Appalachia. She now lives in Washington DC with her husband, two cats and a dog. When not writing she enjoys spending time with friends and family, yoga, gardening, occasional painting, paper making, and photography. Angel is her first novel.


A Summer Surprise

The onset of our  first summer at the farm has brought one surprise after another, some of them delightful, and others–not so much. Things come out of the woodwork, literally, when the weather warms up, and that’s how we got acquainted with the lizard family that lives under the porch. They’re actually quite lovely, tan with a florescent blue strip going down each side, and do...

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3.61 avg rating — 920 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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“So God, how come it is that you love us all so much but you’d send us to the eternal fires if we don’t act right? If I had children, I don’t think I could ever watch them burn no matter how bad they were and I’m not even God.”
Mary E. Kingsley, ANGEL

“Naomi was almost as bad as the preacher with all that sinner stuff, which if you ask me takes something away from the enjoyment of a meal. It made me sit there and think about my sins, which I’m sure is not good for the digestion. I’d like to take my mind off my terrible nature once in a while if I ever get the chance, which isn’t likely around here. Apparently we’re all such sinners we need to be reminded of it all the time. That’s what the preacher says, anyway. Why, according to him we’ve got sins coming out our ears—blasphemy and adultery are big ones in his book—taking the Lord’s name in vain is another, but you can’t forget about thievery, jealousy, gluttony… If you think you know what all you’ve done wrong, believe you me there’s more. I”
Mary E. Kingsley, ANGEL

“I’m thinking about God and what I might say to him about all of this, but maybe I don’t have to say anything. What if God is just there waiting for you to let him in, like a light that’s shining all the time, behind everything we think is real—and it’s only through the cracks that we start to see him? Surely there’s love now coming through the broken places in our family. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be.”
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