Press Release: PETTY MAGIC; Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker by Camille DeAngelis
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Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker
by Camille DeAngelis
Praise for Petty Magic:
“Part Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, part Bedknobs and Broomsticks, DeAngelis’s second novel uses witchcraft to illuminate a woman whose wrinkles belie the passionate, adventurous girl she still is on the inside. Recommended for fans of magical realism—emphasis on the magic.” —Library Journal
“DeAngelis (Mary Modern, 2007) cleverly conjures up a parallel—and fun!—supernatural world within our own, making Eve a memorable, imperfect heroine.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A] moving and witty love story. . . . charming prose.” —Publishers Weekly
“[A]n amusing romp.” —Booklist
Camille DeAngelis took the literary scene by storm in 2007 with her debut novel, Mary Modern, which received rave reviews across the board (quote sheet attached). In her second brilliantly imagined literary fantasy, PETTY MAGIC (Crown; on sale October 5, 2010) DeAngelis delivers again, this time with a sweeping tale of adventure and timeless romance that blends World War II heroics with witchcraft and wit and conjures a fabulously rich world where beldames and mortal men dare to fall in love.
At 149 years of age, beldame Evelyn Harbinger looks like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoons and falls asleep in her rocking chair in the evenings. But in fact, one of Eve’s favorite hobbies is turning back the clock and having an evening’s dalliance as the beautiful young woman she once was. When she meets Justin, a man who reminds her of a former lover, she can’t resist seducing him. And despite the disapproval of her coven and the knowledge that love with a mortal man can only end in sorrow, she can’t give him up.
Justin is so much like Jonah, Eve’s partner behind enemy lines in World War II. Experts in espionage, Jonah and Eve advanced the Allied cause at great personal sacrifice, and Jonah lost his life. Now Eve suspects that her Jonah has returned to her. But can she prove it’s true?
Against a backdrop of the dangerous missions of World War II, accusations of murder in the modern-day coven, and the story of losing a great love and searching for a new purpose, PETTY MAGIC is a thoroughly engrossing novel, as much about the limits of magic as it is about the trouble that comes from being all too human.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CAMILLE DEANGELIS is the author of the novel Mary Modern. She received an M.A. in writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2005, and her first-edition guidebook, Moon Ireland, was published in 2007. She lives in New Jersey. Visit Camille online at www.camilledeangelis.com.
PETTY MAGIC: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker
Crown Trade Group * On sale: October 5, 2010 * ISBN: 978-0-307-45423-2
Price: $24.00 * 336 pages*