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Introducing Chris Tusa

My name is Chris Tusa, and I’m a writer from New Orleans. My debut
novel, Dirty Little Angels, is being released from the University of
West Alabama …I’ve included a summary below:

Dirty Little Angels

Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and
abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year
old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of
financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to
God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts
her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated
by Moses’s lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus,
begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to
convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses’s
twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey
and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear
from which there may be no escape.

I’ve received some wonderful reviews so far. See below for a few

“Dirty Little Angels is the To Kill a Mockingbird of 2009. Chris
Tusa’s novel marks the debut of a brave new voice in contemporary
American literature.” –Burl Barer, Edgar Award winning author of
The Saint, Mom Said Kill, Body Count, Murder in the Family

If I had a dollar for every sentence in Dirty Little Angels that blew
my mind, I’d be able to buy a decent Chevy Nova outright.
Christopher Tusa is a new and powerful voice in American fiction, and
I truly believe that this raw and poetic first novel marks the
beginning of a great and glorious career.–Donald Ray Pollock, author
of Knockemstiff

If you’re interested, you can read the first chapter at my web

Thanks so much,



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