Salvation for an Angel
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Her father died in the Korean War. She and her family lived on his army pension. Her mother held the family together with love but when she dies, an alcoholic uncle arrives to claim the children. He inflicts cruelty on them and manipulates the community in believing the children are the cause of his misfortune. Can one survive such a life and not herself turn into an alcoholic?
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Salvation for an Angel.
“The names have been changed to protect the innocent.” How many times has a story been prefaced by those words. In this story there is no protection for the innocent. The uncle of a girl and her brother, who becomes their guardian, is the embodiment of evil. He manipulates the community to condone his evil. Only with the heart of an angel can a sister care for her mutilated brother and endure the daily degradation. In the end is there salvation for such an angel? Perhaps. In a bottle.
Tom Canter retells the story of the girl who saw the death of her little brother ultimately escaped the clutches of the uncle. She told Tom the story between encounters with the bottle which became her escape from the horrors through which she had lived.
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