The Belief in Angels

By J. Dylan Yates

Literary fiction, Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


Winner of the 2015 SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS for General Fiction. "Explores the darkest side of human nature; and the incontrovertible, uplifting power of hope" — Publishers Weekly. Jules Finn and her orthodox Jewish grandfather, Szaja Trautman, know that sorrow can sink deeply; so deeply it can drown the soul. While their sorrows are different on the surface, adversity requires them both to find the will to endure despite the suffering in their lives. Both encounter, in their darkest moments, what could be explained as serendipity or divine intervention...




Raised on a tiny, New England peninsula, in Hull, MA., J. Dylan Yates pursued her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Belief in Angels, Yates’s debut novel, was written over the course of many years while she attempted a number of BFA-related jobs, including: waitressing, teaching, corporate training, directing, acting, producing, real estate, nursing, interior design, library science, parenting and reluctant housewifery. Yates’s next novel, Szaja’s Story, focused on the character created in The Belief in Angels, invites the reader back to the Ukrainian orchards of Szaja Trautman’s tragic childhood, tracing his ultimate journey to America via the desperate Ukranian refugee work camps of the ’20s, his amazing survival of both the Majdanek death camp and the torpedoing of refugees aboard the Mefkura, and his fascinating experiences in the post-war Parisian couture houses. Prior to publication, The Belief in Angels won the Alexis Masters Scholarship Award at the February 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference as well as a Los Angeles Book Festival Award. Yates worked with Boulder County’s Voices for Children program as a CASA volunteer for 15 years and now volunteers with the Girls Rising program in San Diego. She lives in San Diego with her partner and a talking cat. Stay in touch: www.jdylanyates.com.


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Raised on a tiny, New England peninsula, in Hull, MA., J. Dylan Yates pursued her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Belief in Angels, Yates’s debut novel, was written over the course of many years while she attempted a number of BFA-related jobs, including: waitressing, teaching, corporate training, directing, acting, producing, real estate, nursing, interior design, library s...


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