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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Dirty Little Angels... A Review

The baby was a white fist of flesh..." From the opening line of Dirty Little Angels the prose of Chris Tusa captures your attention. Sentences drift off the page and slap you in the face..." I imagined the stitches in her stomach, tiny black mouths puckering between the folds of her belly."

Set in the slums of New Orleans, we feel the poverty and the acceptance of circumstance as 16 yr. old Hailey loses her innocence living in a world everyone is trying to save her from. From her older brother Cyrus who's pretty good with a pair of brass knuckles and knows his way around the law, to Verma the old black woman Hailey helps after school, they all want better for Hailey, but can offer nothing but empty words and little hope. Along with Cyrus and Verma there are a cast of down trodden characters that include her drunk father and selfish mother who turns to religion to try and save her dysfunctional family. Sex, drugs & violence all play a roll in Dirty Little Angels, but it's the incredible flesh and blood characters that keep you turning the pages. It's a gritty story with a raw energy and an unexpected ending. And by the time you turn the last page you are asking for more!

Visit the pages of Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa and hang out with Hailey, Cyrus and their friends in the run down, barren places they call home in a New Orleans no tourist ever gets to see.... you won't be sorry!


BookWormz said...

I've started to read this book, and I can't wait to finish it! I only have it in electronic version, though, so I'm unfortunately chained to my desk, which is keeping me from my usual dedication to the story... :)

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi BookWormz!
Aren't we so lucky to be able to get this electronically! Chris sent this in PDF form and I was able to send it to my Kindle- which makes it much easier to take with me. When you're done we'll have to chat about it! I did want more at the end though. Someone mentioned that maybe Chris would write a sequel....Chris are you out there...what do you think? Thanks BookWormz for stopping by!

Yvette Kelly said...

I also have this book in the electronic version but cannot imagine reading it off the computer.So I am going to print it out but I still have to go buy a new printer cartridge.Suzanne are you enjoying your Kindle.Is it worth it and if yes,please put up a link if you can so I can order from there.I can't decide between the Sony Reader or the Kindle.I see different reviews and dont know if they are even the same.

Yvette Kelly said...

Hi Suzanne,I am back.I forgot to subscribe to the comments.Thanks for all the info.I am really thinking bout this.I also posted on BookBlogs.Went on the link and read bout international access and all seems ok except for the wireless exchange which is fine by me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzanne,

Thanks for the wonderful review, and yes, I do plan to write a sequel (after I finish the book I'm working on now). Thanks to all of you who read my book. I really appreciate it.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Chris,
I look forward to the sequel! I'm glad you liked the review- thank you again for sending the book my way! And thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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