STORY REVIEW: A Rumor of Angels by Dale Bailey. Magical-realist Americana

A Rumor of Angels: A Tor.Com OriginalA Rumor of Angels: A Tor.Com Original by Dale Bailey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The real star of this moody tale is the evocative, immaculately crafted language. At its heart, this is a simple tale that sets a coming-of-age story against the Great Migration during Dust Bowl days. The fantasy element, while essential to the story, is slight and belongs in the Magical Realist tradition of Ray Bradbury. The sense-of-place piece recalls the work of Willa Cather and John Steinbeck.

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