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In the Company of Angels

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In the Company of Angels

In a rehabilitation center for torture victims in Copenhagen, Thorkild Kristensen is trying to take his patient, Bernardo Greene, into the darkest corners of his memory. Nardo is a survivor of months of torture in a Chilean prison, brutally punished for no crime other than sharing political poetry with his students. One vision kept Nardo alive during his imprisonment: he was visited by two angels who promised him that he would see the light of day again. Nardo has seen no angels since that dark day --- until he sets eyes upon Michela Ibsen, a Danish woman with radiant blue eyes who frequents the same café as Nardo.

Michela is pursued by demons of her own. Her elderly parents are ailing, still bickering from separate wings of the state-run nursing home. Her abusive marriage ended a few years ago, soon after her only daughter, just a teenager, committed suicide. Michela is determined never to suffer at the hands of another man --- and yet she is romantically involved with Voss, an immature lover turned on by jealousy and intimations of violence. Michela comes to recognize her fear and pain within the eyes of a refugee. Michela is no angel, but as she gets to know Nardo she finds the possibility of healing and love within her heart.

Set amid Copenhagen’s summer lakes and dark bedrooms, In the Company of Angels reveals our human desire to connect, and the possibility to heal, by helping others.

In the Company of Angels
by Thomas E. Kennedy

  • Publication Date: January 4, 2011
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • ISBN-10: 1608194671
  • ISBN-13: 9781608194674