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A rare, previously unpublished short story by Ann Petry (1908-1997), one of America’s most distinguished African American writers.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

What an interesting glimpse into "entertaining angels unaware" . . . some folks may find this short tale a little crude . . . but this world is crude indeed . . . and I didn't find it so . . . After all NOTHING is hidden from our Lord . . . the love that a little white child had for the young, tattered and black angel Michael, after he had been shunned by her parents and the rich privileged neighborhood exemplifies the love of Christ so clearly and beautifully . . . and then the reaction to the white freckled face Michael by the black neighborhood was just as telling . . . and then the black shop owner offered the child sustenance. This my beloved friends is what it is to be colorblind . . . to love ones neighbor as ourselves . . . and it is the ONLY answer to the problems in America today. It is what gave Michael the lightness and air under his wings. Listen to this remarkable short story. It has a message for us all.

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Thank you

This is a well written lovely story that provokes a soul searching without seeming preachy. Thank you.

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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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Wonderful listen!

Give yourself a holiday treat and listen to this book. The joy and wonder that is childhood innocence and human kindness is front and center. Great narration as well.

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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.

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Bored.

This is a short, but I couldn't finish it. I stopped once because I bored but convinced myself to give it another shot. I couldn't do it. I have 12min left and I will leave it that way.

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Super Beautiful

Really a lovely story - thank you! Loved it. Requires 15 words for a review, but I do t want to give away the story :)

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