||While imprisoned and tortured in Pinochet's Chile, Bernardo Greene received a visitation from an angel promising him the chance to find love again. Later, while undergoing therapy in Copenhagen, Greene meets Michela Ibsen, a woman suffering from years of abusive relationships with men. The two damaged souls draw tentatively closer, aching for human contact though traumatized by their pasts. The first novel in Thomas E. Kennedy's "Copenhagen Quartet," IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS is, astonishingly, the first novel by the acclaimed writer--an American expatriate living in Denmark who has written twenty novels--to be published in the United States.
|Editors Note 2
||A luminous love story and an internationally acclaimed masterpiece, published in the United States for the first time. Born in 1944 in New York City, Thomas E . Kennedy spent his youth hitchhiking and writing his way around the United States before moving to Europe, where he has quietly published over twenty books. In the decade from 1995 to 2005, he wrote the Copenhagen Quartet, four novels set in the Danish capital, his adopted home. Published in Ireland and Denmark, the Copenhagen Quartet won international awards and was hailed as a ?masterpiece? by Duff Brenna. Critics concurred, establishing Kennedy as a daring writer of rare grace and vision. Yet his work has never seen major publication in his native country. In the Company of Angels is the first novel of the Quartet to appear here, a powerful story of two damaged souls struggling from darkness to light. Imprisoned for teaching political poetry to his students, Bernardo Greene has been tortured for months in Pinochet's Chile when he is visited by two angels who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again. Months later, in Copenhagen, where he has come for treatment, the Chilean exile befriends Michela Ibsen, herself a survivor of domestic abuse. In the long nights of summer, the two of them struggle to heal, to forgive those who have left them damaged, and to trust themselves to love. Taking on the very best and the very worst of human experience, In the Company of Angels is a moving, achingly human story that achieves a fable-like quality rare in contemporary fiction. Dense with wisdom and humanity, this already acclaimed novel is a riveting testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.