When the Angels Left the Old Country

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When the Angels Left the Old Country


This was an incredibly delightful novel about a Jewish angel and demon at the turn of the 20th century who travel from the old country to America in search of a missing emigrant from their shtetl. This book won the 2023 Mythopoeic Award as well as several young adult fiction awards, the latter I was surprised by because this book didn't read YA. It simply had a queer sixteen-year-old girl as one of the major characters. This book is immersed in Jewish tradition and mythology and has the occasional Yiddish words thrown in. Fortunately, at the end of the book, there's a Glossary of Terms to help with the words. This was one of those books where I fell in love with the main characters and was sad to see it end. But I read it voraciously, in just over two days.

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