On a crisp winter morning just before the start of deer season, Ethan and his three-year-old son Nate set off together to discover the beauties of the forest. As he parks the car, Ethan sports a pair of magnificent bucks, and, eager to take a closer look, leaves Nate asleep in the car seat, a brief, impulsive decision any parent might make. When he returns only a few minutes later, the door of the truck is open and Nate is nowhere to be seen. Ethan and other members of the community search for the missing three-year old, their fears rising as an unexpected blizzard blankets the woods. Imbued with extraordinary emotional power, Angel's Crest, explores the consequences of Ethan's act on his own life and on the people around him. Leslie Schwartz creates a rich cast of characters, a community of vibrant and unforgettable people whose reactions to the tragedy reflect the complexities of human emotions, and who are all moved by the need to somehow make sense of the inexplicable.
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It only takes a moment for a life to change forever.
Ethan Denton is a lucky man. Lately things have gone his way-like being granted custody of Nate, his three-year-old son. But when he takes the child up to Angels Crest early one morning to show him the mountains, Ethan's luck changes instantaneously. In an impulsive decision any parent might make, he leaves his son asleep in the back seat while he follows a pair of magnificent buck, just for a minute-but when he returns the truck's door is open, the child is gone, and snow is falling . . .
As townspeople gather to aid in the search, the boy's disappearance resurrects old wounds and regrets for each of them. But it also provides the chance for love and redemption, as they struggle to make sense of the inexplicable.
Leslie Schwartz is the author of Jumping the Green, which won the James Jones Literary Society Award for Best First Novel. Her stories have appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies and her non-fiction has appeared in many US national newspapers and magazines. She teaches English and Poetry at UCLA and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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