The American Book of Changes
Vanessa Cavendish keeps to herself and minds her shop by the canyon on the outskirts of Keening, Oklahoma. She has but one employee, a gothed-out rebel debutante in fishnets and a ratty tutu. Both women have their secrets to keep. But after hours, when a freak blizzard traps them in her house together, Vanessa learns how deep the troubled waters in Jeannie Ivory run.
Jeannie says she invented the adopted son of a prominent Keening family. She claims he isn’t real. Says he terrorizes her. She spins out her bizarre account of Eugene “Sewer Boy” Lamb’s unlikely rise from exurban legend to flesh-and-blood angel of polite, evangelical society.
Confident, accomplished, and so beguilingly good, Eugene is everything Jeannie Ivory can never be again. Every life he touches he seems to charm, including Vanessa’s. But how much goodness can one woman tolerate when the cost of it is paid in another woman’s dignity, sanity, and blood?
All Jeannie needs is a witness. All she wants from Vanessa is a little faith. Is that so much to ask?
“Grabbed me immediately and didn’t let go until the end.
In spite of my desire to savor [Tangible Angels] slowly,
I grabbed the book, settled on the couch and devoured it whole.”
~ A. Bennet
“Unpretentious poetic force.”
“Nivens has a magical touch.”
~ R. A. McCandless
“Breathtaking in its shake-up of reality.”
~ Sarah Sutro
“Steinbeck . . . wandering the badlands eating peyote buttons . . .
would write modern, multi-generational characters like these.”
~ John A. Webb