“Astonishing, shocking, loving…Step into this novel and you will find yourself submerged; wake from it, and you will find yourself transformed. Web of Angels is a rare gift, perfectly named; within this novel, Lilian Nattel has offered us the work, the weave, of angels.”
– Gail Anderson-Dargatz, author of The Cure for Death by Lightening, A Recipe for Bees and Turtle Valley
From Web of Angels
On a narrow street in the grey of dawn, in a row house with stained glass, a sixteen-year-old girl lay motionless. Her hair was blonde, short, gelled in spikes, her legs unshaven, her pink nightgown straining over a nine-month belly. Her sister leaned against her, whispering her name, while far away in a watery world, the baby opened her eyes. She tried to turn the other way, her heart beating quicker as she searched for the sound of her mother’s heart. She kicked hard, but she was wedged downward, stuck. All she could do was wait, watching shadows darkly drifting. Watching light shine crimson through a membrane. And while she waited, the sun rose through a veil of sleet, rainwater licked the gutters in front of her house, alarm clocks rang up and down the streets nearby.
Previously compared to I.B. Singer and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, best selling novelist Lilian Nattel explores what happens when a woman’s hidden past returns to haunt her home and neighbourhood.
On the surface of things, Sharon Lewis is a lot like any other happily married mother of three: she is the beating heart of a house full of kids, cooking and chaos, with an uncanny knack of knowing where her husband put the car keys and who needs a little extra TLC. As a busy mom, her only time to herself is at night, connecting with others like herself, as she truly is, on the internet.
Life is good until the morning Heather Edwards, a pregnant teenaged friend of the family, kills herself. The reverberations of that act, and the ugly secrets that sparked it, prove deeply unsettling to Sharon’s whole family, and stir up her own troubling realities: she has DID, or dissociative identity disorder, previously termed “multiple personalities.” And the multiples who comprise the woman the world knows as Sharon are aware of something about Heather, and what may be happening to Heather’s surviving sister. Will Sharon’s urge for justice and her need to protect the innocent out her true nature? Will a woman with DID be able to persuade her quiet and respectable community that crime is at home there, too?
An important book. Groundbreaking, demanding, brave and beautiful. Unforgettable fiction. Brilliant. The miracle is that, in Nattel’s hands, this book becomes a testimony to the fierce kindness in the human spirit that battles evil and wins.”
– Sheree Fitch, author of Kiss the Joy as it Flies and Pluto’s Ghost