The Angels of Sinkhole County

A patriarch dies.

His caregivers are devastated.

What can they do to salve their broken hearts. . .

. . . and save their jobs?

A rollicking drama of rising tension and high stakes.

Praise for The Angels of Sinkhole County

“Clearman has a sharp eye for detail, irony, and life as it’s lived. The novel’s unsentimental approach feels rooted not in mockery but in deep concern with the most dehumanizing aspects of the economic imperatives of American life.”
Publishers Weekly
“William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying meets Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead in Deborah Clearman’s new novel.”
—Ed Davis author of The Psalms of Israel Jones
“The stark impossibility of Loretta’s gambit is part of the book’s farcical strength. This is an impressively subtle novel—brimming with comedic sharpness, but also a sweet but unsentimental glimpse into the strange ways love expresses itself in the real world.”
Kirkus Reviews
“It’s a real roller-coaster of a ride, as the deception deepens and rivalries explode. Deborah Clearman’s writing is like a mountain stream—clear, swift, and bracing. As Willie sang, these angels may be ‘flying too close to the ground,’ but bedraggled wings might just keep them aloft.”
—Valerie Nieman, author of To the Bones
“A charming mix of angst, poverty, drugs, creative thinking, struggle, and love. The people fumble forward like Shakespearean lovers in an enchanted woods. Clearman’s ability to mix real life with high comedy and bring people together in a common if perhaps off-kilter purpose is deeply satisfying.”
—Meredith Sue Willis, author of Out of the Mountains

About Deborah

Deborah Clearman’s most recent novel is The Angels of Sinkhole County. She is the author of two other novels, Remedios and Todos Santos, and a collection of short fiction, Concepción and the Baby Brokers, all set in the mountains of rural Guatemala. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book, The Goose’s Tale, which takes place in a marshy tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals.

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