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Seeking angel novels

In the interest of reading something similar to what I'm writing, I am in search of a novel (not a short story, not a movie, not nonfiction) meeting the following criteria:

1) Features angel(s)
2) Is not overtly religious or "inspirational" (e.g., I don't want so-called Christian fiction, or an adventure about dangerous Biblical artifacts and an OMG!Church Conspiracy!)
3) Is set in more or less modern times
4) Is set in the real world, or at least close to it (i.e., not a fantasy realm)
5) Features some teenage main characters, though doesn't have to be aimed entirely at young readers

Yes, I've done internet searches, and my eyes are getting tired of sorting through the slush. The only book I can think of that comes close is Good Omens, but that's still not very similar to my own. For one thing, it's a bit more frivolous (which of course is one of its attractions); and for another, it's ever so British (which is also one of its attractions, but I digress).

In the movie world, Michael and City of Angels/Wings of Desire are the closest, but they don't deal with teenagers.

Searches for teen angel fiction come up with lots of Buffy novels about the character Angel, who, despite his name, is a vampire and thus no help at all. So I'm giving up and asking youse-all.

Comments

dirae
Sep. 11th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
My suggestion is a bit "gothier-than-thou", but Caitlin R. Kiernan's short story collection (or mosaic novel) entitled Alabaster focuses on the exploits of an albino teenager named Dancy who speaks to angels (specifically following the bidding of her-perhaps-guardian angel ). Each story takes place in the modern South. One reviewer said "Kiernan's richly evocative prose vividly portrays her twisted characters as well as it illustrates their eerie, kudzu-infested, Deep South surroundings"--I think this is a fitting description, even though her prose is a bit purple at times (but not as much as-say-Poppy Z. Brite).
mollyringle
Sep. 13th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Hmm, looks like she's written a fair amount too. Might be more toward the horror genre than mine, but looks like I might enjoy it all the same. Thanks!

Oddly, despite my Goth and slash pretensions, I've never read Brite. The excerpts Cat provided were enough to keep me away, I think. :)