In the Company of Angels
Scented by chocolate and haunted by war, this compelling novel of dark miracles and angelic visitations offers up a distinctly imaginative new voice in fiction. Marie Claire is a young French Jew in a Nazi-occupied Belgian town, cared for by her grandmother, who cultivates flowers. A shattering of glass, and Marie Claire's village is in rubble. Her grandmother is dead, everyone is dead. She flees to the root cellar of her grandmother's house and waits . . .
“To read Kelby's novel is, in its own words, to fall into a dream, a flying dream. And to paraphrase and summarize such fine spun fiction must inevitably be as inadequate as any attempt to retell your most amazing dream the morning after.”–The New York Times Review of Books
“An understated meditation on spirituality in the midst of war's devastation.”–San Francisco Chronicle
“Luscious and heartrending . . . overflows with miracles.”–Atlantic Monthly
“Kelby puts forth divine miracles . . . She has created a brave and beautiful book.”–Baltimore Sun
“...a luminous, harrowing tale of wartime horrors and miracles...Kelby rises to the challenge with considerable command in a haunting debut that erodes the distinctions between waking and dreaming, faith and reason, life and death.” –Publisher's Weekly