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    Get the latest news and Cleveland updates with Plain Dealer writer Andrea Simakis. Her latest story is titled Title story in Don DeLillo's 'The Angel Esmeralda' is a masterpiece:

    Edward Hopper, the celebrated American artist, had a genius for turning everyday scenes into some of his most haunting work.

    In "Room in New York," an oil from 1932, Hopper paints a couple in bruise hues. The man reads the paper; the woman pokes absently at the keys of a piano. Though they live in a cramped apartment, they seem isolated, wholly alone. Out walking one night, Hopper was inspired when he stole a glance through a lighted windowpane.

    The same sense of voyeurism pervades "The Angel Esmeralda," Don DeLillo's new collection of nine short stories. Written between 1979 and 2011, they capture fleeting moments shot through with longing and despair -- "a face in the window of a passing car, runny with reflected light, or a long street with a shovel jutting from a snowbank, no one in sight."

    In "The Starveling," lonely figures spend their days hiding in dark movie houses. In "Baader-Meinhof," out-of-work singletons haunt an art gallery. DeLillo takes these ephemeral dramas and unspools them, filling in the blank spaces. His characters mimic him, imbuing pensive strangers with complicated thoughts and colorful back stories, a stab at bringing order to the randomness of life.

    In a story from 1983, astronauts orbiting Earth as World War III rages below are transfixed by ghostly radio transmissions from decades before, with one man reduced to simply looking out the window at the ravaged globe, "eating almond crunches, the wrappers floating away." But as starkly beautiful as many of the pieces are, some are fragments and go nowhere. None compares to the title work.

    Written in 1994, the protagonists of "The Angel Esmeralda" are nuns -- the strict Sister Edgar, an old-school bride of Christ who "used to twirl the big-beaded rosary and crack students across the mouth with the iron crucifix" and Sister Grace, a no-nonsense social worker intent on saving the abused and neglected children of the South Bronx.

    The sisters drive a van through the killing streets, distributing food where "gunfire sang at sunset off the low walls of demolished buildings." Spray-painted angels also dance on those ruined surfaces, one for each dead child -- "left in dumpster, forgot in car, left in Glad bag Xmas Eve."

    They catch sight of Esmeralda, a girl of 12 living in a jungle of weeds and demolished cars, but she minnows away. When her name joins the others on the graffiti-splattered memorial, neighbors soon swear they see Esmeralda's face on a billboard advertising orange juice. Grace is disgusted by the exploitation, but Sister Edgar shoulders her way through a crowd to witness the "miracle."

    "Edgar held the image in her heart, the grained face on the lighted board, her virgin twin who was also her daughter. She recalled the smell of jet fuel. This became the incense of her experience, the burnt cedar and gum, a retaining medium that kept the moment whole, all the moments, the stunned raptures and swells of fellow feeling."

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