The Angel of History

By Rabih Alameddine,

Book cover of The Angel of History: A Novel

Book description

A Washington Independent Review of Books, Literary Hub, and Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year



An Unnecessary Woman

won the California Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN Open Book Award and was a Best Book…


Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)

Why read it?

1 author picked The Angel of History as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

A few years ago we at Gertrude lit journal decided to answer the question that kept coming our way: What are some great books written by queer people with narratives that center on queer people? Before the pandemic made a mess of things, we ran GERTIE, a book club that chose two fabulous queer books every quarter. This was our very first book selection, and—like with many firsts, perhaps—it holds a special place.

The Angel of History takes place during one night in the waiting room of a San Francisco psyche ward when visits by the Devil and 14 Saints…

From Tammy's list on queer books across time & genre.

Want books like The Angel of History?

Our community of 6,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like The Angel of History.

Browse books like The Angel of History

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in gay men, HIV/AIDS, and the personification of death?

6,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about gay men, HIV/AIDS, and the personification of death.

Gay Men Explore 52 books about gay men
HIV/AIDS Explore 31 books about HIV/AIDS
The Personification Of Death Explore 9 books about the personification of death