RM Book Lounge – “The Angel Esmeralda” by Don DeLillo

Short stories are not reserved for a child’s bedtime story.  The Angel Esmeralda, Don Delillo’s collection of short stories, certainly pack a punch and are not for the faint of heart.  But perhaps their length is what makes them the most effective.

The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo

“For DeLillo, the idea is to reflect, in his characters and their situations, something of our reality, in which we exist, as a matter of course, at the end of our endurance, not necessarily in extreme situations but pushed to extremes nonetheless.  This is the case with nearly every story in “The Angel Esmeralda,” which features nine protagonists trapped by circumstances they can’t control.David L. Ulin, LA Times

“Each of the stories collected in “The Angel Esmeralda” addresses a different kind of unease…On the whole, though, these short stories serve as oddly liberating reminders that terror existed before there was a war on it; that human frailty is not a phase, is not avoidable, is not exceptional.”Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times

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Elysha Schickel

After four years of college and creating many answers to the question “So, what next?” Elysha Schickel is starting to figure it all out.  An avid reader who is addicted to researching anything that sparks her interest, and who loves to spread her knowledge to everyone she knows, Elysha is thrilled that at RebelMom, she’s found a way to combine all these interests with her love of writing.   She’s a recent graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Humanities.

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