Novels

'After The Angels' is Winter Bel's debut novel.

The happy endings and the biggest oranges were the ones that California saved for export.
- from 'The Drowning Pool' by Ross Macdonald

Winter Bel's debut novel 'After The Angels' is four interrelated stories that all play out in summer 2018 in the city of Los Angeles.

A college dropout with dreams of becoming a writer remembers the loss of his greatest love to prescription drugs. A street entrepreneur determined to escape homelessness must escape Los Angeles instead after the criminals in his life threaten his already fragile future. A female surgeon whose wife suddenly dies is struggling to raise their young son alone, until an impromptu road-trip around the city prompts mother and son to honesty. A Hollywood actress is publicly unraveling under the weight of a terrible secret. These are the four characters of 'After The Angels', with each of their stories rippling into the others in ways large and small.

A mosaic literary drama, comparable to Elizabeth Strout's 'Olive Kitteridge' and Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad', 'After The Angels' offers a cross-sectional portrait of contemporary America, with addiction, poverty, sexual abuse, homelessness and motherhood among the issues explored through its four characters.

The website for the novel is aftertheangels.com . You can sign up there to be notified of when the novel publishes. After publication, the site will feature background information and multi-media related to the novel.

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Page last updated: July 19, 2021.