The Angel of Rome: And Other Stories

Category: Book
By (author): Walter, Jess
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: June 2022
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.97in
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$ 34.99
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins and The Cold Millions comes a stunning collection about those moments when everything changes-for the better, for the worse, for the outrageous-as a diverse cast of characters bounces from Italy to Idaho, questioning their roles in life and finding inspiration in the unlikeliest places.

We all live like we're famous now, curating our social media presences, performing our identities, withholding those parts of ourselves we don't want others to see. In this riveting collection of stories from acclaimed author Jess Walter, a teenage girl tries to live up to the image of her beautiful, missing mother. An elderly couple confronts the fiction writer eavesdropping on their conversation. A son must repeatedly come out to his senile father while looking for a place to care for the old man. A famous actor in recovery has a one-night stand with the world's most surprising film critic. And in the romantic title story, a shy twenty-one-year-old studying Latin in Rome during "the year of my reinvention" finds himself face-to-face with the Italian actress of his adolescent dreams.

Funny, poignant, and redemptive, this collection of short fiction offers a dazzling range of voices, backdrops, and situations. With his signature wit and bighearted approach to the darkest parts of humanity, Walter tackles the modern condition with a timeless touch, once again "solidifying his place in the contemporary canon as one of our most gifted builders of fictional worlds" (Esquire).

Review Quote*

An Indie Next pick for July * A Daily Beast "Best Summer Reads of 2022" -

"A glorious addition to the oeuvre … So. Damn. Funny. … Prepare for delight." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Even great short story collections normally contain a miss or two in the lot. But not this one. Every single offering in Jess Walter's newest collection is a poignant, heart-filled gem. His subjects range from Italian actresses to besotted teachers, surprising one-night stands to overheard diner conversations. He delights equally whether bringing to life a minor moment or an epic love story." - Daily Beast

"Jess Walter is as talented a natural storyteller as is working in American fiction these days … These stories have both zip and heart, muscle and soul."  - Washington Post

"Stories that twist and plumb, delivering unexpected laughs while playing with what we think we know … Walter has emerged as one of the country's most dazzling novelists … so freakishly, fiendishly good, it isn't fair."  - Seattle Times

"Captivating ... devastating ... Walter is a bighearted man who excels at writing about other bighearted, if broken, men. That generosity of spirit, coupled with Walter's seeming inability to look away from the messy bits, elevates these stories from dirges to symphonies."  - New York Times Book Review

"Reading Walter's perceptive collection (after The Cold Millions) is like sitting next to the guy at a dinner party who has something hilarious to say about everyone and knows all their secrets." - Publishers Weekly

"Vibrant. . . . Filled with a gusto that honors the beauty of believing in societal change and simultaneously recognizes the cruel limits of the possible. . . . The Cold Millions is reminiscent of the work of John dos Passos and EL. Doctorow. . . . A spirited and expansive novel." - Wall Street Journal (on The Cold Millions)

"Walter has made a major career out of the minor character, and his portrait of Rye . . . is generously brought to life with humanity and wit. Walter's latest novel is more hybrid beast than those earlier books: not quite fiction and not history but a splicing of the two, so that the invented rises to the occasion of the real and the real guides and determines the fate of the invented. . . . Which isn't to say the book lacks brio or invention; it is full of both." - New York Times Book Review (on The Cold Millions)

"Jess Walter is a superb storyteller. His plot rolls on at a steady pace. His ear for dialogue, whatever the character, is acute. He knows when to amp up the prose with a telling metaphor. . . . As polished and hard as a diamond, The Cold Millions reminds us of America's tempestuous past and suggests that all this is anything but past." - Boston Globe (on The Cold Millions)

"The Cold Millions is a literary unicorn: a book about socio-economic disparity that's also a page-turner, a postmodern experiment that reads like a potboiler, and a beautiful, lyric hymn to the power of social unrest in American history. It's funny and harrowing, sweet and violent, innocent and experienced; it walks a dozen tightropes. Jess Walter is a national treasure." - Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See (on The Cold Millions)

"It's a tremendous work, a vivid, propulsive, historical novel with a politically explosive backdrop that reverberates through our own." - USA Today (on The Cold Millions)

"A ridiculously talented writer."  - New York Times (on The Zero)

"A prodigiously gifted writer. His sentences nearly sing."  - Los Angeles Review of Books (on Beautiful Ruins)