Book Excellence Recognized Best-Selling Literary Fiction Author


When Angels Die by James Sniechowski recognized as one of the best books of 2022 in a competition that celebrates excellence in books around the world.

When Angels Die is a groundbreaking work of autobiographical fiction by bestselling author James Sniechowski. The third book in the Leaving Home trilogy, the story follows Jim, a blossoming actor on the brink of success who faces an existential crisis – whether to head for a promising career in acting, or surrender to the dark pull of his stuffy Catholic past. When Angels Die has been nominated in the Faction category of the 2022 International Book Excellence Awards.

A multi-award-winning bestselling author, Sniechowski was inspired to write When Angels Die to show readers the real identity struggles of his characters and to be led to examine their own inner driving forces for the betterment of their own lives. “A life of freedom is not just a long-awaited fantasy and is not located in an unattainable realm, but is available in its very real and concrete life as long as one meets the inevitable internal challenges that are necessary to break free.says Sniechowski, who holds a doctorate in philosophy and psychology.

With philosophical and poetic overtones, When Angels Die is storytelling at its best. The book takes the main character, Jim, from a prestigious New York acting school to the start of his career. With each new role, her Polish peasant Catholic upbringing threatens to unravel her soul. An existential rivalry ensues with one part pulling him towards the world and a life of deep self-expression and another part demanding abject submission to the primitive culture of his inner-city upbringing that views the world as treacherous, seductive, repulsive and sinful. While working in a regional theater, he finds true love for the first time, and it is through love that Jim finds his true path. Well-paced and expertly plotted, When Angels Die is a timeless story that transports readers from the theatrical stage to the universal stage. With uplifting themes of self-discovery, empowerment, and freedom, the book reminds readers that every challenge in life is an opportunity to develop one’s authentic self and find one’s rightful place in the world.

Sniechowski has received positive reviews from some of the world’s most renowned literary organizations, authors and critics. Kirkus Reviews writes:Jim’s character is deeply drawn, with his emotional turmoil deftly captured by his inner voice that sometimes encourages and sometimes smirkingly cajoles. The author is particularly good at depicting the paradoxical mixture of frustration and euphoria that marks {his characters}.

Readers interested in learning more about Sniechowski’s work are encouraged to watch a free 3-minute video titled You Are A Miracle.

A gripping, page-turning, deeply moving story you won’t soon forget, When Angels Die is available in audio, indle, and paperback from Amazon and other online bookstores.

About the Author

James Sniechowski is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Leaving Home Trilogy, a series of literary fiction novels including Worship of Hollow Gods, An Ambition to Belong and When Angels Die. Born and raised in downtown Detroit, Sniechowski’s early life experiences surrounded him with deeply repressive cultural and religious dogma. Today, as a psychologist with a Ph.D., Sniechowski’s writing of fiction has been compared to that of John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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