Selected by the Library Writers Project 2019
Gentle as a butterfly, I took the rifle off his belly, fell into the tattered glider beside the bed, and wept. No sobs, just a flow of tears hard on my cheeks. That was real lucky, I thought. Maybe he’ll sleep this off and the three-day festival of wife-beating will come to an end.
But luck isn’t with Angel McQuinn. In a moment she only half regrets, Angel ends the torment once and for all, killing Mack with his granddaddy’s Winchester. Her case enflames the passions of women’s rights groups and conservatives alike, attracting national media and giving Billings reporter Murphy Gardiner the scoop of a lifetime. We meet Angel in prison, serving a stiff 35-year sentence. Retiring Judge Ukiah Steele just wishes all the hoopla would disappear. But Angel’s saga is just beginning. Walking the prison yard, she sees a billboard that inspires a scheme so bizarre that it creates an avalanche of unexpected consequences and an unstoppable band of allies.
Despite its dark premise, Angel Unfolding is told with grace, wit, and surprising optimism. Angel takes you on a journey from heartache to redemption – not just for Angel but for all those whose lives she touches.