Dirty Little Angels

Dirty Little Angels Set in the slums of New Orleans among crack houses and abandoned buildings Dirty Little Angels is the story of year old Hailey Trosclair When the Trosclair family suffers financial hardship and a

  • Title: Dirty Little Angels
  • Author: Chris Tusa
  • ISBN: 9781604890303
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in the slums of New Orleans, among crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of 16 year old Hailey Trosclair When the Trosclair family suffers financial hardship and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex con FaSet in the slums of New Orleans, among crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of 16 year old Hailey Trosclair When the Trosclair family suffers financial hardship and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex con Fascinated by Moses lopsided view of religion, Hailey and her brother Cyrus begin spending time at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive through church Gradually, Moses twisted religious beliefs become increasingly violent, and Hailey and Cyrus find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

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    1. Chris Tusa

      Chris Tusa is the Writer in Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University His debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, was released by The University of West Alabama in March of 2009 In the City of Falling Stars is his second novel.

    654 thoughts on “Dirty Little Angels”

    1. Seventy years ago, the poet May Sarton wrote about a debut novel “When one puts it down it is not with a feeling of emptiness and despair (which an outline of the plot might suggest), but with a feeling of having been nourished by the truth.” She was writing about Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, but she might have written the same observation today about Chris Tusa’s Dirty Little Angels.Each story is told from the perspective of a young girl in the American South, though [...]

    2. Dirty Little Angels is a very startling, very engrossing, and, at times, very disturbing work. Written from the perspective of a young girl, it provides an insider's viewpoint into a very specific and fairly closed culture - that of the lower class in New Orleans. Since the book has no omniscient narrator, details in the lives of the characters - their race, the setting, events of the past - all come out very slowly and much more organically than in most novels. The result is a picture that buil [...]

    3. Sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair lives in a world in the grip of poverty. With a Mom who's never recovered from a miscarriage and a drunk, unemployed father who has no ambition to find a job, she has little example to lead her out of such a life.In Dirty Little Angels, we follow Hailey as she navigates the bitter options presented to her. With little regard to consequences, she makes choices that lead her to an inevitable crisis of the mind- a crisis that forces her family to finally look up fr [...]

    4. After reading the blurb for this book you might be led to believe it is about God or religion. Really it is a coming-of-age story of a young impressionable girl looking for answers and something to believe in. Hailey is a 16-year-old girl living in the slums of New Orleans trying to find a way to fix her broken family. In this process, she questions religion and tries to make sense of all of the different views on the subject. Basically, she is a confused young girl trying to figure out why thin [...]

    5. Lately I signed up for Librarything librarything/, where I immediately volunteered to be an early reviewer. It is madness. You can skim through books coming out soon and then select ones you are interested in and the authors send it to you in exchange for a review!!! Life is very good. For an addict like myself, it allows me to feed my craze with no payment other than writing, which I should be doing already. It’s like cutting back on chocolate by eating caramels.True, early reviewers have a t [...]

    6. The emotion, thoughts and decision making processes in this story are raw and very realistic. The teenage behaviours, mother and boy trouble and struggle with identity was written without any sugar coating. Although personal circumstances are different the internal process that translates to Hailey's external behaviours is very relatable. There is no glamour, no falsity and the author forced me to read in almost one sitting.Following Hailey exploring her inner self, her outer self and everything [...]

    7. Dirty Little Angels by Chris TusaChris Tusa gets the reader involved immediately in the struggle 16-year-old Hailey Troslcair is having in this very different “coming of age” novel. Hailey faces the challenges of coping with a dysfunctional unhappy family, well-meaning but ineffectual neighbors who give advice and friends who turn out not to be much in the way of friends. She does what most teenagers to – tries to fit in with her peers, eager to meet and hang out with her older brother’s [...]

    8. I was also asked to read and review Chris' book. The story is centered around a lifestyle that I cannot connect with, but I was drawn to the way Chris described things. I like his writing style, except for a couple of times when a metaphor got too repetitious, like when Chase's "little red doll mouth" came up several times. Bad language, sex, and violence always reduce the rating for me. I read to be entertained, not assaulted, although I must say that I have read worse and was glad that he didn [...]

    9. I finally got around to reading Dirty Little Angels, and boy. It packs a whammy of a story into such a little (anything under 300 pages is "little" to me) book. Hailey is complicated. Adrift. Unable to do anything to help anyone around her, unable to figure out what to do about her mom's depression, her dad's addiction, her brother's life of violence. Moses, the preacher, is creepy. The kind of guy who'd make my skin crawl. But to Hailey, he offers hope that God might save her family.Unfortunate [...]

    10. I absolutely loved this book. It was very well written and had a great message to it. Though I'm not even close to being religious like some of the characters were(I can proudly say I am an Agnostic UU). I liked how I could relate somewhat to the main character and cheer her on throughout the book. I loved the ending to the story, it was perfect in many ways, and I recommend this book to everyone! Thank you Chris Tusa for sending me the ebook of Dirty Little Angels, I enjoyed it very much! Keep [...]

    11. Dirty Little Angels has a strong religious undercurrent. It is also based in modern times with modern everyday occurences. The two mixed together make for an interesting read. The main family in this book are divided by religious views and modern arguments, as are any other family. This is a great book from a fabulous author. This would make an interesting movie.

    12. In Dirty Little Angels, Christopher Tusa uses a fascinating subtext to tell the grim story of a tenth-grade girl’s violent coming of age. Set in present day New Orleans, the novel’s plot plays out like a Greek tragedy, with characters, themes and imagery aptly and cleverly drawn from classical mythology and given modern twists, often completely upending original interpretations.The main character, sixteen-year-old Hailey Trosclair, shifts roles depending upon the situation at hand. She appea [...]

    13. I was recently asked to review a copy of Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa. Off the blurb given it seemed like it might be a decent read."Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith i [...]

    14. Other reviews have called this a brutal, gritty coming-of-age novel, and it is that. However I feel such a description might place this story in the wrong category. It is a coming-of-age story in the same way Bastard out of Carolina was; basically a story of someone growing up and into the cruelest knowledge that those around her are damaged and not nearly good enough to be ushering a young soul into adulthood. Hailey Trosclair is a sixteen year old girl in New Orleans whose father is an unmotiv [...]

    15. Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa is not an ordinary novel, it is gritty and sends many messages to the reader. The story is told from the view point of a young girl in the American South. We have Hailey Trosclair, raised by a father who is burdened with unemployment and a mother who is too preoccupied with being miserable. Hailey is forced to endure real life lessons outside of the house- things as mundane as death and shallow as popularity.Tusa's writing style is magnificent. It is confrontati [...]

    16. The author really captures the young adult mind-set and feeling in this novel. The novel is very "dark", even depressing; however, the author means to represent a certain reality in many societies. The reader will have to restrain her/himself throughout the book from wanting to shake the characters and tell them what to do, however, this is likely the author's intention. A good author evokes a response in the reader, a quality Tusa has down pat. Hailey makes for a good protagonist, definitely el [...]

    17. Disclaimer: I received this ebook from Chris Tusa on Librarything's Member Giveaway. "Dirty Little Angels" is a short novel, or a long short story depending on how you look at it, which follows the life of 16 year old Hailey Trosclair. Hailey lives in New Orleans, but could live almost any slum in the world. Her father just lost his job, her mother, a nurse, suffers from depression brought on by poverty (and "what could have been if?") as well as a miscarriage. A confused teenager, Hailey and he [...]

    18. When I first started to read this book, I found that it was walking that line between darkness and light. It carried you through the turmoil of a teenage girls life as she watched all she knew and loved change, the innocence was stripped away from her and the betrayal she felt not only from someone that was close but, friends and companions throughout the story rivaled that of some memories through my own child hood.It is a fine read and one I personally commend the author on writing he took the [...]

    19. This is a gritty tail told from the eyes of a 16 year old named Hailey. Hailey attempts to put into perspective her alcoholic father, her depressed mom, and her miscreant brother. This author definitely has a way with descriptions and metaphors. A perfect example would be “I could feel little pinpricks of light behind my eyes, my muscles started to squirm like a black nest of moccasins, and my blood felt like chiggers wriggling under my skin.”Hailey’s mom spends her days laying listlessly [...]

    20. This story was about a sixteen year girl, Hailey Trosclair, who didn’t seem to have much direction in life. She basically hung out with her older Brother Cyrus, and another girl named Meridian. She was a product of depressed mother and wayward father, so they did not pay much attention to her nor guide her. She eventually tries to get attention by trying to act older than she was and making some foolish decisions.I can’t say that I enjoyed this book. Usually after I read a book, something st [...]

    21. Rather rough-hewn, but not a bad effort; the bones of the story are good but it just doesn't ever manage to pull the reader in and make them care.

    22. This is Mr. Tusa’s first work of fiction. It’s set in the pre-Katrina Louisiana area. The cast of characters are of the type you’d find on Jerry Springer. You have the withdrawn mother, the drunk, gambling addicted father. You have the violent brother with not much going on in his life. And then you have the main character of Hailey Trosclair. When her mother withdraws from the family, her father begins drinking more. Hailey and her brother are drawn to the Minister Moses. Moses dream is t [...]

    23. This book is completely different from most I read. I normally read about the filthy rich and all the drama that money can buy. But this takes you to the other end.Dirty Little Angels is set in the slums of New Orleans. It is told by Hailey, a teenager living in a very dysfunctional family. Her father has been out of a job for 6 months and spends all of his time at the pool hall. Her mother used to be a nurse, but after her miscarriage, she can’t get back into the swing of things. Her brother, [...]

    24. This book had me reflecting on times in my life when I felt disillusioned by faith and life in general, which happens to everyone at some point or another. Chris Tusa did a wonderful job of conveying the confusion and hollowness that comes with that process. I'll admit, I had to let the book marinate for about a week or so before I could give an accurate answer as to whether or not I liked it because my emotions were so raw.I liked it very much.I went to high school at my hometown's "inner city" [...]

    25. Dirty Little Angels by Chris TusaReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviewsSet in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses' lo [...]

    26. Finished Dirty Little Angels today. Starting to think that I'm just not meant to read fiction, because I wasn't that impressed with this one, either. Written about a girl in New Orleans with a troubled life, Tusa starts out the story with beautiful imagery. The first page of the book made me think of She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb, which was an amazing book. I was disappointed in the end though. The entire story just didn't feel right. People didn't seem to stay true to their motives. For insta [...]

    27. It's very hard to review this book, given it was a light read at just under 200 pages, but let me give it a shot.Hailey Trosclair is a 16 year old teen living in New Orleans and dealing with personal demons raging war across her family. Her mother, Lena, having had a miscarriage a few months earlier and is now bedridden with her own grief and depression, her father, Jules, a laid off alcoholic who is hiding an affair rather unsuccessfully, and her brother, Cyrus, who just can't seem to stay out [...]

    28. Sometimes when I read a book I think of a song that fits the theme of the book. I think this is a bit like picking a soundtrack if the book were a movie. The song or songs would help communicate the tone of the story. Chris Tusa’s Dirty Little Angels presented a challenge for me because packed into this 170 page novel is a group of characters so fully imagined, deep, complicated and real that each one should have their own song. If I had to narrow it down to one song, however, I would probably [...]

    29. "He’d said he was against sin, that he’d kick it as long as he had a foot, that he’d fight it as long as he had a fist, that he’d butt it as long as he had a head, that he’d bite it as long as he had a tooth. And when he was old and fistless and footless and toothless, he’d gum it till he went home to Glory." -pg. 14"I thought about how I’d spent my life waiting for God to save me and my family. Maybe I’d been wrong all along, I thought. Maybe God didn’t save us after all. Mayb [...]

    30. I was sent a link by the author to read this novel in PDF form and then review it. I was a bit leery of the title and not thrilled to be reading ebook style. For me flipping through the pages of the book is half the joy of reading. But after skimming the summary I decided to check it out before turning this one down. By the time I finished the first chapter I was hooked. I had to spend more time with these characters.Hailey is a girl of 16 trying to discover who she is. Hailey's circumstances ar [...]

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