Conversation with Sacha Lamb

When the Angels Left the Old Country


On Wednesday, May 22, at 5:00 p.m., CAMP Rehoboth is partnering with the Lewes Public Library, Browseabout Books, and Seaside Jewish Community to present a “Conversation with Sacha Lamb.” The event will be a hybrid set-up from the Lewes Public Library, and registration is available below. Lamb will be in conversation with Marty Rosensweig.

Lamb is the author of When the Angels Left the Old Country.

About the book, which has been described as being “…for fans of Good Omens. When the Angels is a queer immigrant fairytale about individual purpose, the fluid nature of identity, and the power of love to change and endure.”

Uriel the angel and Little Ash (short for Ashmedai) are the only two supernatural creatures in their shtetl (which is so tiny, it doesn't have a name other than Shtetl). The angel and the demon have been studying together for centuries, but pogroms and the search for a new life have drawn all the young people from their village to America. When one of those young emigrants goes missing, Uriel and Little Ash set off to find her.

Along the way the angel and demon encounter humans in need of their help, including Rose Cohen, whose best friend (and the love of her life) has abandoned her to marry a man, and Malke Shulman, whose father died mysteriously on his way to America. But there are obstacles ahead as difficult as those they’ve left behind. Medical exams (and demons) at Ellis Island, corrupt officials, cruel mob bosses, murderers, poverty—the streets are far from paved with gold.

When Angels Left the Old Country has received considerable critical acclaim, winning the Stonewall Book Award, the Sydney Taylor Award, and the AudioFile Earphones Award. It was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. It was included on “Best of Year” lists by NPR, the New York Public Library, and Kirkus.

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