The Desolation Angel: Short Stories
Published November 2011
NZ Listener top 100 pick, 2011.
When I first met the Desolation Angel he was sprawled insolently across the top of my refrigerator. He wore a black three-button single-vent suit, and smoked a long cigar, the ashes of which he tapped into his left jacket pocket. He didnt acknowledge me until I was almost on him. Raising two red eyes in my direction, he said, Dont sweat it. Im here to help.
Twelve extraordinary stories by the author of the acclaimed novel Their Faces Were Shining, shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards.
'One of the years few must-reads.' - Paul Little, North & South
'Wilson is never less than sure-footed.' - Guy Somerset, Listener
'Dazlingly written' - Nicholas Reid, Sunday Star Times
Tim Wilson is TVNZs US Correspondent. He has written for numerous New Zealand publications as well as the Guardian and Newsweek.com. His short fiction has appeared in Sport, Metro, the Listener and Open City (New York).
'The Desolation Angel will be enjoyed by both men and women, especially as Wilson is disarmingly convincing when writing as a woman. It’s a modern, satisfying, and voyeuristic read. Each story has the perfect pace of a joke, and it’s hard not to cheer on the cast of dysfunctional but all too familiar characters.' - Sarah Jane Barnett, FishHead magazine