While shopping at a mall near you, everyone’s probably seen one of those Salvation Army “angel” trees decorated with makeshift ornaments featuring the name of someone in need. And for 43-year-old husband and father Kevin Morrell, the central character in Jimmy Wayne and Travis Thrasher’s Paper Angels (Howard), a tree like that ends up changing his whole life. At the insistence of his wife, he takes an ornament and has the unexpected privilege of showing a troubled teenager the true meaning of the season by offering simple gestures of kindness.

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About The Author

The author of a dozen works of fiction, including Isolation and Ghostwriter, Travis Thrasher has been writing since he was in the third grade. His writing is known for its honesty, depth, and surprising twists. Thrasher lives with his wife and daughter near Chicago.