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About the Author:

The Belief Angels, Dylan's debut novel, was written over the course of many years while she attempted a number of BFA-related jobs, including: waitressing, teaching, corporate training, real estate, nursing, interior design, directing, acting, producing, library science, parenting and reluctant housewifery. Dylan volunteered with Boulder County's Voices for Children program as a C.A.S.A for 15 years and now volunteers with the Girls Rising program as a mentor. Dylan's website is

About the Book:

The Belief in Angels, is 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, The Belief in Angels is a beautiful, heartbreaking exploration of human nature at its worst-and its best.

The novel is the Winner of the San Diego Book Awards 2015 Best General Fiction, the 2015 Theodor Geisel Award ("Best of the Best" of the San Diego Book Awards), USA Best Book Award for Cross-Genre Fiction, IPPY Award for Young Adult Fiction, and finalist for the Indie Excellence Awards and YA Fiction for the 2015 New York Book Festival.


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 the 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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By: Women's Museum of California