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Publisher's Summary

“Petry is the writer we have been waiting for, hers are the stories we need to fully illuminate the questions of our moment.” -(Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage)

A rare, previously unpublished short story by Ann Petry (1908-1997), one of America’s most distinguished African American writers.

On a snowy Christmas Eve in an unnamed American city, the archangel Michael wanders the streets. He is alone and hungry, his clothes tattered, and when he sees his face reflected in a store window, it is that of a young African American boy. Who will offer him food and shelter and who will turn him away? And when he becomes a blonde, freckle-faced child, is his fate different? Ann Petry’s beautiful fable reveals all her gifts as a storyteller and a sage. 

©2020 Ann Petry (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Sweet story with a message

I enjoyed this little book so very much. I want more from this author, please. 💗

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Touching story

A beautiful little story which illustrates the negative repercussions of prejudice and the power of kindness as Archangel Michael experiences the earth looking like a street kid.

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Angels unaware

Kindness is always important, no matter what time of year. A story of a child among the best and the worst of mankind. Beautiful!

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Exceptional

I loved this short story and it made me think as everyone should. Never judge a book by its cover.

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A Good read for my walk

The story was wonderful. Especially since the world is so crazy right now. The narrator’s voice was fantastic. It drew me in completely.