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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985154888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985154882
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Angels' Share is a wonderful novel that starts with a powerful punch. Vivid details and the humanity of the characters stick with you long after you've finished reading. --Anne Bird, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author of Blood Brother

If you've ever wondered what became of those bedraggled little kids of the 1960s, tumbling out of VW minibuses after their hippie parents, Rayme Waters's affecting novel about Cinnamon Monday will completely absorb you. --Diane Johnson, bestselling author of Le Divorce

From the Back Cover

Born into a tumultuous world of neglectful bohemian parents and an overbearing grandmother, Cinnamon Monday lives through an imagination inspired by the nineteenth-century heroines she admires. As she grows older, and her make-believe worlds are not enough to protect her, she descends into drug addiction and eventual resignation. When this finally leads her to be physically beaten near the point of death, she is saved by a compassionate neighbor named Sam who gives Cinnamon the opportunity to reclaim her life. Now, working at Sam s vineyard in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley, Cinnamon Monday attempts to put her life in order, find the will to overcome past demons, and utilize her strengths to live a positive, successful life on her own terms.

More About the Author

Born in San Francisco, Rayme Waters grew up in Northern California and the city of Linköping, Sweden. Previously nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Dzanc Best of the Web Award, Rayme's debut novel, The Angels' Share, is the story of a young woman rebuilding her life in the Sonoma County wine country. Rayme lives with her family in Palo Alto, California. Find out more about Rayme and The Angels' Share at www.raymewaters.com

Customer Reviews

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I thought that the author did an excellent job in shaping the characters and situations, creating tension that pulled you into their stories.
Karen A. Hickey
It is the story of Cinnamon Monday, a child who overcomes very dysfunctional, drug addicted parents.
Cris Cole

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Grace on August 26, 2012
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The Angels' Share is one of those books that grips you from the very first sentence and never lets you go. The main character, Cinnamon Monday, has hit rock bottom due to a dysfunctional upbringing and an abusive boyfriend. However, while so many books would make the character out to be a victim, in the hands of Rayme Waters, Cinnamon is able to find redemption through her own intellectual strength and determination. Although she is helped along by others and by the heroines in the classic novels that sustain her, in the end Cinnamon is her own hero. With its beautiful prose and engrossing story, this is a book you will not want to miss.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By livelaughski on September 3, 2012
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I'm a sucker for a good story - I don't really care if the writing is perfect (although in this case it is sublime) - what I really want is something that really grips me. This book does just that. I couldn't put it down. I love the back and forth between the childhood story and the adult story, which are totally intertwined and related. The main character is totally loveable and strong and weak at the same time and I loved her. The parents are totally flawed but also loveable. The setting is interesting - in Napa - I finally learned and will never forget what exactly is "the angels share". A great read, a great inspiration.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Guzeman on August 26, 2012
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I intended to read The Angel's Share over the course of a long weekend. But once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. The characters are memorable, the language rich and gorgeous, and the author sucessfully alternates between the main character's past and present, painting a clear picture of how Cinnamon Monday, the daughter of part-time, bohemian parents, ends up working in a Sonoma vineyard as a means of saving herself. It would be easy enough to assign blame for Cinnamon's destructive spiral to several characters in the book, but Waters is too good a writer for that. Instead, she serves up a supporting cast of complex, fully-realized characters, sometimes trying to do their best; other times self-centered and destructive, but always interesting. How Cinnamon battles her demons and "rejoins the living" by re-establishing a connection to the literary heroines that have meant so much to her, by returning to the land that is the strongest link to her past and her present, and by reconsidering friendships offered by both a caring stranger and an estranged cousin, makes for a compelling read, full of twists and turns. Rayme Waters knows her stuff!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ehlavka on September 5, 2012
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This is a wonderful book. Rayme Waters' voice is strong and lyrical, her characters are fully rendered, and she creates vivid scenes of a riveting place and time. The gritty details and lovely imagery take you from seedy drug hangouts to a luxurious Hillsborough mansion to the inside workings of a Napa Valley winery. Waters maintains amazing suspense within the story. Watching Cinnamon navigate her minefield of any early life and repeated self-destructive choices made me crazy with frustration, and, with a supporting cast of flawed characters, her redemption was never a foregone conclusion. I can't wait to see what's next from this talented new writer!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristy on September 5, 2012
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Told in alternating chapters of Cinnamon's childhood and the present, The Angels' Share is one of the best books I've read in quite some time. No matter her faults, you will cheer for Cinnamon. The story is beautifully written. Absolutely captivating story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Weezy on August 31, 2012
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I ordered the book and started reading it within minutes of its anticipated arrival. From the first page I was hooked and HAD to know how Cinnamon Monday had found herself in her predicament. As a reader who normally takes weeks or months to finish a book, I finished Angels Share in 4 days, even sneaking it with me to work to get in a few pages here and there. I loved the characters and the author's detailed insight into what a meth addict's life feels like. I would definitely recommend this book to others and cant wait for a second novel from Rayme Waters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2012
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I have two priorities for books I read. They must be well written and have likeable characters. The Angel's Share is an engaging story expertly told by newly published author Rayme Waters. And the main character, Cinnamon Monday, despite her flaws and some seriously flawed decisions, is immensely likable. Cinnamon's story is complex. I found myself thinking of her often while I waited for my next chance to read a few more chapters to see how the story of both her past and present would unfold. Simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming, The Angel's Share is an excellent read. I hope to see more from this author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Rust on August 26, 2012
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I loved this book. The story pulled me in from the beginning and had me staying up late at night to finish it. The characters are interesting and complex and the main character, Cinnamon Monday, is someone that you find yourself rooting for throughout. A great read that I highly recommend.
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