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 in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con.
Fascinated by Moses’s lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses’s twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.
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 in bed staring at an ultrasound picture of the baby she had recently miscarried. One reason that she gives for not being able to go back to work is because she hurt her back months ago.
Her father was laid off from work and now spends his days drinking, playing pool and betting on horses. However, at night, he spends his time either sleeping on the couch at home or sleeping with Iris, the waitress from the local Mexican restaurant.
Her brother has been arrested several times. He hangs out with a really rough crowd. Drugs and violence are common themes in his life.
This was a really great read, but if you like all light and fluff in stories, then don’t read this. This book shows the dirty underbelly of humanity at its worst.
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