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A modern heroine rises from Jewish folklore in The Angel of Losses

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It’s funny how books speak to you. As a professional journalist and former editorial illustrator, I know that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the gorgeous Chagallesque fantasy on the cover of The Angel of Losses: A Novel by Stephanie Feldman (Harper-Collins, July 29) drew me right in. Happily, the book matches it’s dreamy, lyrical cover as it follows doctoral student Marjorie Burke’s passionate and even obsessive journey behind the sweetened surface of her beloved grandfather’s fairy tales. Marjorie is still grieving about losing her grandfather Eli and the growing distance between her and her sister Holly, who has become an entirely new person since her marriage to the strangely intense and ultra-Orthodox Nathan. She tries to…

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