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Absence of Angels, the (1994) [Novel]
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The narrator-protagonist of this magical novel about urban mixed-blood Indian life is Albert (Alley) Hummingbird, a self-conscious, shy college student who masks his feelings with humor and who longs to reconcile the two cultures that have formed him. Alley is not supposed to live at birth, but his grandfather, a Nez Perce, rescues him from Death (who reappears throughout the novel as a petty, mean, pathetic, and ultimately funny character). The grandfather's teachings to Alley, which come from the afterlife region known as the "absence of angels," connect Alley to his Indian heritage when he most needs it. Otherwise his life is fragmented: a father who rejected his heritage, a mother who is slightly mad, and a friend, Sara, with whom Alley is in love.

Original title: The Absence of Angels
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalNative American

Edition #1: The Absence of Angels

The Absence of Angels (1994)
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Language: English

Edition: 1st
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The Absence of Angels (1995)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806127147
Pages: 268

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The Absence of Angels (1994)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Permanent Press
ISBN: 1877946427
Pages: 274

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