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Angel Band

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by: Robert P. Arthur
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Publication Date: December 9, 2018
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 56
Binding: Perfect Bound
ISBN: 9781943416318

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Book Synopsis
Corey Coots is a rising star in the snake-handling Signs Following Church in the hills of Appalachia.  He is supported by his wife, Star, who aspires to become a preacher like her husband. Their world is disrupted when a young college student and aspiring journalist, Jay, intrudes with the intent of studying the people of Appalachia.

He is also enamored with Madge, one of the outcast Blue People, a  woman married to a much older man; she claims to sees into the future and is often accompanied by a panther (“painter”) which lurks near her in the brush.

Members of the Signs Following Church are pitted against Jay as an outsider, against law enforcement in their own town, against Child and Family Services, against the families of the Blue People. Jay ultimately must choose which world he now belongs to—the Signs Following Church family, the community of Blue People, or the world from which he came.  

The blue people of Kentucky existed for many years in Appalachia. The Fugates, a family that lived in the hills of Kentucky, commonly known as the Blue People of Kentucky, are notable for having been carriers of a genetic trait that led to the disease methemoglobinemia, which gives sufferers blue-tinged skin.

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