Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. They are found battered and bruised from their long journey by a man and his wife.
The married couple is in the midst of a financial crisis, they seem to have grown far apart from one another in this marriage. The unspoken aggression between them is palpable. Nevertheless, when they find the fallen cherubs in their garden, Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health.
They bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails… then lock them in a room, leaving them a claw-foot bathtub for a shared bed. They then decide to exploit the magical beings, clipping their wings and forcing them into prostitution to earn back their plucked feathers.