Falling Angels

Falling Angels

Book - 2001
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A fashionable London cemetery, January 1901: Two graves stand side by side, one decorated with an oversize classical urn, the other with a sentimental marble angel. Two families, visiting their respective graves on the day after Queen Victoria's death, teeter on the brink of a new era. The Colemans and the Waterhouses are divided by social class as well as taste. They would certainly not have become acquainted had not their two girls, meeting behind the tombstones, become best friends. And, even more unsuitably, become involved with the gravedigger's muddy son. As the girls grow up, as the new king changes social customs, as a new, forward-thinking era takes wing, the lives and fortunes of the two families become more and more closely intertwined -neighbors in life as well as death. Against a gas-lit backdrop of social and political history, Tracy Chevalier explores the prejudices and flaws of a changing time. A novel that is at once elegant, daring, original, and compelling, Falling Angels is a splendid follow-up to the book The New York Times called "marvelously evocative" and The Wall Street Journal deemed"triumphant."A Selection of The Book of the Month Club and The Literary Guildreg; A Quality Paperback Book Club Alternate Selection
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2001
ISBN: 9780525945819
Branch Call Number: FIC Cheva 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 324 p


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Jan 22, 2019

This is the third novel I have read from Tracy Chevalier and I want more! Falling Angels is a great historical novel about the suffrage movement and life and death post Victorian and beginning of 20th century. The characters are wonderful and I want to know what happens next to them.

Dec 23, 2017

Tracy C. is a great writer and this book is so engrossing I could hardly put it down.
I loved Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Runaway also, but this is my favorite so far.

multcolib_susannel May 13, 2017

When Queen Victoria dies, a new century is born. What will it bring? Told through the story of two friends, Maude and Lavinia, and their families.

Nov 10, 2015

Wow, this seems to be the only book that might touch on the women's rights movement - the Suffragettes in Britain. With the late release of the excellent film on the subject I see nothing else available at SPL except a few books about the Pankhurst women, which one can more easily find on Wikipedia. This is a very well written view of how women lived during this era of struggle for recognition & equality. Format info does not include the audio download version which is excellent.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

Another gem from the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. Set in Edwardian England, two young girls meet in a cemetery on the eve of Queen Victoria’s death. Although they come from different classes, and families with very different social values, the girls become fast friends. As they grow up the world around them changes, women begin their fight for more freedom, and the stuffiness of the Victorian age comes to a close.

Aggie3 Jun 28, 2014

Loved this book! Great read. Tracy Chevalier is able to transport the reader right in the center of the action. This is the author to bring you historical fiction at it's finest.

sharonb122 Feb 05, 2013

This is one of my favorite books of all time. the descriptions of Victorian England practices for death and mourning were facinating as well as the women's rights issues. Characters were well written and compelling. Would read it again.

One of my favourite books, Tracy Chevalier is a wonderful writer.

Dec 07, 2011

Amazingly beautiful story telling.

Feb 27, 2010

Interesting period book

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