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A Better Angel


by Chris Adrian

A Better Angel
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    Aug 2008, 240 pages
    Jul 2009, 304 pages

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Chris Adrian may write about angels, but the man himself is a superhero.

He is a novelist…

He graduated with an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop after completing a Bachelors degree in English at the University of Florida. Mark Sarvas, a novelist and literary critic who blogs at The Elegant Variation, remembers being an undergraduate at the University of Iowa when Adrian was a graduate student. Word would get around whenever Adrian was workshopping one of his stories, and the undergrads would sneak into the grad student office to steal the photocopies. His previous novels are Gob's Grief and The Children's Hospital, which share characters with each other though they are set in different centuries. Some of those characters recur in A Better Angel, as does the setting of Severna Lake, Maryland.

…and a pediatrician…

He got a medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and worked as a ...

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