Albom's meaning-of-life homily left me cold any message that comes from an angel needs to be a really good one, and this didn't make the grade. But between the moments of heavy-handed preaching, Albom has created a story that is poignant and true to life. Small town girls will fawn over men from out of town with no demonstrable advantages other than a large vocabulary, and bright, ambitious young men who seem to have everything often are soulless egomaniacs and there lies the story.
The identity of the angel even gets cleared up in the last few minutes, a bonus you don't necessarily expect in the angel genre.
Purple Rose's summerlong hit production of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel continues through mid-September.
[Originally published in August, 2004.]