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Paper Angels

Paper Angels

A Novel

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Thomas let out a deep breath and started to write the words to the man who surely didn’t want to hear them. After he was finished, he sat there for a moment, looking at the two words right above his name. Merry Christmas.

So common and so casual.

Christmas doesn’t have to come once a year. It can happen every day.
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  • Howard Books | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451674439 | 
  • November 2012
List Price $16.99

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PAPER ANGELS BY JIMMY WAYNE

Billboard Top Ten charted country music artist Jimmy Wayne writes a novel inspired by being a recipient of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

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Preface

When his mom decided it was time for them to leave and leave for good, Thomas knew they better get far away or he’d come and find them. The good thing or the bad thing, depending on how one looked at it, was that it was Christmas day and food was still cooking in the kitchen. Just another Christmas, with Mom sweating in a tiny room over a tiny stove, Thomas and Sara dreaming of the iPods or gaming equipment they could be enjoying, and Dad watching college basketball on his flat-screen television and drinking with a vengeance. This was the worst time they could possibly ever leave, and that was what made it the... see more

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Paper Angels includes a Q&A with author Jimmy Wayne. We hope that this conversation will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

A Conversation with Jimmy Wayne

You have enjoyed success as a country musician and philanthropist. What inspired you to write a novel?

I wanted to write a book about paper angels, because I was a recipient of the angel tree program when I was a kid. I wanted to pay it forward and also raise awareness of how important it is that every child be taken care of during Christmas. Hopefully this book will inspire people to go a step further and continue helping these kids not only during Christmas but year-round

Could you describe your unique upbringing for some of the readers who may not be familiar with your background?

I spent the majority of my childhood in and out of foster care. My experiences parallel and/or pale in the light of so many people who grew up the same way. I receive those experiences as gifts. I'm thankful I can use those experiences to help others.


When the idea for Paper Angels first came to you, what writers and books did you turn to for guidance? How was your experience working with Travis Thrasher?

When Paper Angels came to me I didn't necessarily turn to any other books for reference or inspiration. I relied completely on my personal experience and my see more

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