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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (May 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595278205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595278206
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,778,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What the critics said:

David Baker, Snapshots of A Marriage: "As erotically compelling as the Song of Songs."


Dan Barnett, Chico Enterprise-Record: "Sexually charged: I was struck by [Park Tracey's] lush, hothouse, erotic style."

Christa Martin, Santa Cruz Good Times: "Tongues of Angels swings open the doors to the Catholic Church, lifts up the chasuble and exposes what's underneath...Her novel talks about all the things [they] hope we won't talk about."

Kelly Vance, East Bay Express: "Hot under the collar? A scandalous yarn."

From the Author

Please see the 10th Anniversary edition of Tongues of Angels, new in print and ebook, from Indie-Visible Ink. April 2013. (indie-visible.com) You can visit me online at juliaparktracey.com, on Twitter@juliaparktracey or on Facebook/JuliaParkTraceyAuthor. Thanks for reading!

More About the Author

You found me! Yes! I'm the author of "Tongues of Angels," a sexy contemporary novel about the Catholic Church and a handful of priests who can't keep it holy. I've got a couple of novels-in-progress as we speak -- watch for news here!

Elsewhere: I've been curating the diaries of my late Aunt Doris since 2011, the results of which you'll see in "The Doris Diaries." The first volume, "I've Got Some Lovin' to Do," (Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2013). Volume 2, "Reaching for the Moon" (Sept 2013), just swept the Great Northwestern Book Festival and took best Regional book at the Los Angeles Book Festival. I post diary snips lately @TheDorisDiaries and on Facebook/The Doris Diaries. The actual diaries are archived at Reed College in Portland, Ore., where Doris went to college, and proceeds from sales of The Doris Diaries will support a women's scholarship at Reed. I hope you love Doris as much as I did, and still do. www.thedorisdiaries.com

Currently: Working on Volume 3 of the Doris Diaries, set for fall release. Read a segment from "Wedlock: A Fictional Memoir" in the "Confessions: Fact or Fiction" anthology.

Background Check: I'm an award-winning writer, editor, journalist and activist. I have 5 kids (mostly grown). I've been a writer all my life, and blogging for about 10 years. I've also been a newspaper+magazine editor+publisher and have been a freelance writer for years. Google me and you'll see.

Bad Habits: Old books are my crack. I love Jane Austen and British lit. I got my master's in early 20th century British literature, and that nerdiness hasn't stopped. I have a thing for DE Stevenson and Nevil Shute, Dorothy Whipple and Rumer Godden. I'm always haunting used book sales, looking to rediscover forgotten early 20th century women authors who still have something to say.

Find Me: Facebook (Julia Park Tracey or The Doris Diaries) and on Twitter (@juliaparktracey and @thedorisdiaries).

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A quick read but an intriguing one.
S Kim
If you're ready to take a risk on a relative unknown and want an insider's view of the Roman Catholic Church, this is a great pick.
C. Blase
I was addicted!), I found out that the story was based in part on a true story, and that was intriguing in itself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christina Mercer on May 10, 2013
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Wow, peeling away the curtains of the Catholic Church is a bit like opening Pandora's box. This story gives the reader a candid view of the men behind the collars. Their parishioners exalt and Angel-ize them, but they're really only humans, right? Yeah, humans battling desires against an iron-clad promise to God. Talk about sizzling tension, and this book delivers every juicy minute of it. Sometimes God wins, sometimes desire, but either way, one side loses until the tug-a-war ends in the ultimate climax.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kamali on May 28, 2013
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Tongues of Angels takes us behind the velvet ropes of the Catholic church, where secrecy and ceremony mask the daily struggle of priests grappling with their all-too-human emotions. Piety and propriety are difficult enough to maintain, but celibacy is the vow they make every minute of every day, with varying degrees of success. One priest, Father Rob Souza, is tempted by forbidden fruit in the form of the lovely convert Jessica, whose company he finds intellectually, spiritually and over time, physically stimulating. Tracey's strong, elegant voice is like good music played in the background of a gripping story. I found myself reading certain lines aloud to hear how she wrung so much emotion out of so few words. She has a great ear for dialogue, for bringing characters to life through their conversations - especially the priests, with their racy innuendos, their exclusive brotherhood and their attempts to either live up to their vows or at least not get caught breaking them. I was blown away by this book, and not at all surprised to find it was loosely based on real events. I'll certainly read it more than once.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Lawton on May 24, 2013
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Julia Park Tracey knows whereof she writes. Her attention to historical detail has been well revealed in her award-winning Doris Diaries, where her skill with language jumps off of every page (Julia is the editor of the Diaries). Now, in the tenth anniversary edition of Tongues of Angels, she re-releases this engaging and affecting novel with all the detail one hopes for in a story: characters we root for, conflict that makes our hearts beat fast, obstacles to overcome, resolution we can accept in the end. I'm a fan of Julia and her books, and I highly recommend TOA to anyone wanting a look inside the Catholic Church (Julia knew about its inner workings before mass media ever did, and she bases TOA on real events). TOA promises excitement: "a sexy contemporary novel about the Catholic Church and a handful of priests who can't keep it holy." Pick it up, you'll be glad you met Julia and her work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine Buck on August 7, 2003
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Julia Park has captured something unique in her first novel-an insider's view of the Catholic Church through the eyes of two quite different participants: Jessica, a young woman seeking relief from a painful past, and Rob, the priest in the parish she decides to join.
Through Jessica, Park's vivid prose brings the appeal and mystery of Catholic ritual to life. Starting from a guarded, wounded place, Jessica slowly finds the safety to pour out her sense of unworthiness and move outside of herself. Of course, nothing is quite this simple in truth or fiction, and Jessica's spiritual path and attraction to the priest gradually intertwine. In fact, it's hard sometimes to tell where the vivid sensual description of the two lead characters' religious lives lets off and that of the physical attraction begins. In fiction, this makes for good reading.

On a parallel path, we get a behind-the-scenes look at Rob and his family of priests: an often less-than-inspiring view for anyone looking for priests with elevated natures. There's a heavy dose of sexual innuendo, gossip, sometimes with dire consequences, and banter about physical attractions, both gay and straight. We hear the conflict firsthand, from Rob and his fellow priests, about The Big Choice, celibacy, making the reader question again why this choice is necessary. But if they can't have sex, at least they can sublimate their frustrations via racy verbal repartee - and thanks to Park's convincing dialog, they do so with gusto. For the reader, listening in provides a voyeuristic counterpoint to the more sober and mostly internal struggles of Jessica and Rob.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Bruce on August 19, 2003
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Julia Park's debut novel Tongues of Angels is an intriguing novel that will touch people of all faiths, because Park's novel weaves a beautiful story that discusses a fundamental human question in a spiritual but not moralizing or judgmental fashion. Park graciously tackles the sensitive issue of love, faith, and mostly celibacy within the priesthood of the Catholic Church.
We are taken on a journey through the eyes and life of the main character Father Rob Souza, who is a devoted priest, and still a human being. Father Souza has yearnings for personal human companionship, and questions his faith as he deeply contemplates Catholic doctrine. Father Souza and his support group of priest friends break bread together and help guide and support each other with the natural trials, tribulations of their chosen occupation.
The female protagonist, Jessica who is one of Father Souza's students in his yearly Catholic conversion class becomes a profound influence on Father Souza's life, as their friendship allows Father Souza to quell her demons, and in return Jessica's friendship leads Father Souza to a higher level self-actualization.
The novel paints us a very interesting picture the lives of of a group of priests who meet regularly as a support group. All of these men are normal devoted leaders of their people. However behind the garb of the clergy they are men as well. Park writes her characters with a strong voice that is consistent throughout the novel. Ultimately, these priests are good people, struggling with life choices, solitude and sometimes guilt. This heartrending novel, written skillfully with a lot of unbiased depth, and a touch of humor is a marvelous read.
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