Review: Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier

Title: Falling Angels

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

In her New York Times bestselling follow-up, Tracy Chevalier once again paints a distant age with a rich and provocative palette of characters. Told through a variety of shifting perspectives- wives and husbands, friends and lovers, masters and their servants, and a gravedigger’s son-Falling Angels follows the fortunes of two families in the emerging years of the twentieth century.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

Tracy Chevalier’s Falling Angels is set at a time of great change. There is a new monarch on the thrown, the constant changes of the post-industrial revolution age and most importantly, in this novel, it is the changing role of women.

What Chevalier presents is families at odds with how they feel about all of these changes. The interfamily dimensions are questioned and show the ruling patriarchy and how women had to fight for every scrap of rights that they had. Falling Angels is told in short chapters – at times they can be described as vignettes – and the differing perspectives give you a cultural backdrop of how each change has had a knock on effect. 

I am fairly new to Chevalier’s work and I have refrained from reading The Girl with the Pearl Earring because I don’t want it to colour my appreciation for her other books . However, if it is anything like the masterful and engaging writing in Falling Angels then I know that I am I for a treat.

Fallen Angels by Tracy Chevalier is available now.

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