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Street Angel

By Magie Dominic
Subjects Biography & Autobiography, Life Writing
Series Life Writing Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771120265, 162 pages, July 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771120289, 162 pages, July 2014
Audiobook : 9781771125796, September 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771120272, 162 pages, July 2014

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Street Angel by Magie Dominic
Part One
Chapter One Saturday, Day One
Chapter Two Sunday, Day Two
Chapter Three Monday, Day Three
Chapter Four Tuesday, Day Four
Chapter Five Wednesday, Day Five
Chapter Six Thursday, Day Six
Chapter Seven Friday, Day Seven
Chapter Eight Saturday, Day Eight
Chapter Nine Sunday, Day Nine
Chapter Ten After the Hamlet
Part Two
Chapter Eleven 1956, October
Chapter Twelve Speaking in a Foreign Language
Chapter Thirteen 1960
Chapter Fourteen Four Years After the Hamlet
Chapter Fifteen 22 November 1963
Chapter Sixtten 1964, Early Morning
Chapter Seventeen End of the Seventies, Autumn
Chapter Eighteen Central Park, Start of the Eighties
Chapter Nineteen Manhattan, a Morning in June
Chapter Twenty Y2K
Chapter Twenty-one Final Prayer
Chapter Twenty-two After Everything That Ever Happened
Glossary of Newfoundland Terms


Magie Dominic’s first memoir, The Queen of Peace Room, was shortlisted for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and the Judy Grahn Award. Told over an eight-day period, the book captured a lifetime of turbulent memories, documenting with skill Dominic’s experiences of violence, incest, and rape. But her story wasn’t finished.
Street Angel opens to the voice of an eleven-year-old Dominic. She’s growing up in Newfoundland. Her mother suffers from terrifying nighttime hallucinations. Her father’s business is about to collapse. She layers the world she hears on radio and television onto her family, speaking in paratactic prose with a point-blank delivery. She finds relief only in the glamour of Hollywood films and the majesty of Newfoundland’s wilderness.
Revealing her life through flashbacks, humour, and her signature self-confidence, Dominic takes readers from 1950s Newfoundland to 1960s Pittsburgh, 1970s New York, and the end of the millennium in Toronto. Capturing the long days of childhood, this book questions how important those days are in shaping who we become as we age and time seems to speed up. With quick brush-stroke chapters Dominic chronicles sixty years of a complex, secretive family in this story about violence, adolescence, families, and forgiveness.


  • Winner, Silver Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards -- Memoir Category 2014
  • Short-listed, Finalist for the ForeWord Magazine INDIEFAB Book of the Year in Autobiography and Memoir 2014


Street Angel picks up the thread of narrative from The Queen of Peace Room, spanning politics, celebrity, social history, war, television, film, pop music, and other media. Dominic imbues all of this for us, her readers, in luminous prose, crafting an odyssey across decades. In this exceptionally courageous account, the author seeks to overcome familial abuse, utilizing the virtues of intelligence, wit, and passion, accompanied by a chorus of societal furies, such as world wars, economic upheaval, and social unrest. This is where she reaches a zenith of life writing.

- Anne Burke, editor of The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, chair of the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets, 2014 July

I finished Street Angel. Savoured it slowly, which is not always my way. Didn't want it to end. So much loss and pain and then again, such beauty, and isn't that the way of life, the mystery we can never quite understand. I was very very moved by it.

- Heather King, author of Parched: A Memoir and Redeemed: Stumbling toward God, Marginal Sanity, and the Peace that Passes all Understanding, 2014 October

Dominic writes as Julius Caesar spoke ('I came, I saw, I conquered.'), as Dickens wrote, and as Toni Morrison writes. The style is immediate and emotive. It also makes for a fasten-your-seat-belt read.

- Marjorie Simmins, [ The Antigonish Review], 2015 October