In the Company of Angels
by N.M. Kelby


Hyperion, 2001. ISBN 0786866667.
Reviewed by Judith Helburn
Posted on 04/08/2002

Fiction: Historical

"God was Tournai's main industry. The banks, the university, the cafes, the souvenir shops which sold the nearly authentic relics: they all thrived on God."

In this short, brimming book, Kelby describes compelling events occurring during a week in March 1941 in occupied Belgium and France. Realities merge and separate as if covered in a mist—now full of light, now full of dank darkness.

A small French stettel (Jewish village) on the Belgian border is demolished by the Germans, and two Belgian nuns cross over to aid survivors. They find only a young girl almost buried, but surprisingly unharmed and beautiful.

The mystery and the questions begin. What of this is reality and what is of another? Can those intent upon evil contain pockets of sweetness? Are we listening? Are those who hear voices truly crazy, or are we deaf?

These questions and many others arise as we witness the actions of the nuns, the commander, the child, the lovers, the priest, the parents and the chocolatier (some of whom are the same people).

A stunning, thoughtful journey through a landscape of miracles.

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