Michael Hiebert’s remarkable debut novel tells the rivetingstory of a small southern town haunted by tragedy, one brave woman’s struggleto put a troubling mystery to rest—and its impact on the sensitive boy whocomes of age in the midst of it all.
Abe Teal wasn’t even born when Ruby Mae Vickers went missingtwelve years ago. Few people in Alvin, Alabama, talk about the months spentlooking for her, or about how Ruby Mae’s lifeless body was finally foundbeneath a willow tree. Even Abe’s mom, Leah, Alvin’s only detective, hasavoided the subject. But now, another girl is missing.
Fourteen-year-old Mary Ann Dailey took the bus home fromschool as usual, then simply vanished. Townsfolk comb the dense forests andswampy creeks to no avail. Days later Tiffany Michelle Yates disappears. Abesaw her only hours before, holding an ice cream cone and wearing a pink dress.
Observant and smart, Abe watches his mother battlesmall-town bureaucracy and old resentments, desperate to find both girls andquietly frantic for her own children’s safety. As the search takes on aterrifying urgency, Abe traverses the shifting ground between innocence andhard-won understanding, eager to know and yet fearing what will be revealed.
Dream with Little Angels is by turns lyrical, heartbreaking, and shocking—abrilliantly plotted novel of literary suspense and of the dark shadows, painfulsecrets, and uncompromising courage in one small town.