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NEWS:The YA version of THE BELIEF IN Angels:Jules is a winner in the 2018 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards!

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THE BELIEF IN Angels

Growing up in her parents’ crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules’s imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. But somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors, and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother—a blow from which Jules may never fully recover.
Jules’ story alternates with that of her Grandfather Samuel, a man with a sad story of his own. Samuel, once called Szaja, is an orthodox Jew who lived through the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920s and the Majdanek Death Camp—but whose survival came at a price that’s haunted him for years.

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SZAJA'S STORY (In Development)

Dylan's next novel in this family saga, SZAJA'S STORY, is focused on the character created in THE BELIEF IN Angels. The next novel invites the reader back to the Ukranian orchards of Szaja Trautman's tragic childhood, then traces his ultimate journey to America via his amazing survival of both the Majdanek death camp and the torpedoing of refugees aboard the Mefkura. When he, at last, gains his freedom, he begins another life in Paris. Szaja's Story continues with his fascinating experiences in the post-war Parisian couture houses working alongside the famed atelier, Lucien Lelong. 

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AWARDS FOR THE BELIEF IN Angels

Winner 2015 Theodor S. Geisel Award

Winner 2015 San Diego Book Award for General Fiction

​Winner 2014 USA BEST BOOK AWARD for Cross-Genre Fiction

Finalist 2014INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD for Literary Fiction

 

​... for the YA Version- THE BELIEF IN Angels: Jules

Finalist 2018 INDEPENDENT AUTHOR NETWORK BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner of the 2015 IPPY AWARD

​Finalist 2015 USA BEST BOOK AWARD

​Semi-Finalist 2015 KINDLE BOOK AWARDS

Honorable Mention 2015 LEAPFROG PRESS AWARD

CRITICAL REVIEWS

"... a gripping, heart-rending family saga that explores the darkest side of human nature— and the incontrovertible, uplifting power of hope, ​spans more than fifty years, from the Ukranian pogroms in the 1920's to a chaotic Hippie Household in the late 1970's. Vividly drawn and breathtakingly insightful, this story is a beautiful, heartbreaking exploration of human nature at its worst and its best."                 -Publishers Weekly


. . . "Yates shows much skill in description, characterization, and dialogue, and she’s insightful about the mental state of abused children, as when Jules learns to compartmentalize: “I began to see my life in parts. When something bad, or weird, or crazy happened, like my father having a gun and threatening my mother, I’d say to myself: This is the part where my father points a gun at my mother’s head. Yates vividly evokes time and place, whether it’s Samuel’s childhood among the apple orchards in Ukraine, the bleakness of a Cape Cod tourist town in winter or Wendy’s psychedelic decorating style. Well-written."                                                                                                -Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE BELIEF IN Angels

A raw and haunting coming-of-age, story of survival.


Growing up in her parents’ crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules’s imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. But somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors, and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother—a blow from which Jules may never fully recover.


Jules’ story alternates with that of her Grandfather Samuel, a man with a sad story of his own. Samuel, once called Szaja, is an orthodox Jew who lived through the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920s and the Majdanek Death Camp—but whose survival came at a price that’s haunted him for years.