I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles
Published by Hogarth Press on March 13th 2018
A profound new novel about a paralyzed young man's unexplainable recovery--a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of his wheelchair.
In the aftermath of this "miracle," Cameron finds himself a celebrity at the center of a contentious debate about what's taken place. And when scientists, journalists, and a Vatican investigator start digging, Cameron's deepest secrets--the key to his injury, to his identity, and, in some eyes, to the nature of his recovery--become increasingly endangered. Was Cameron's recovery a genuine miracle, or a medical breakthrough? And, finding himself transformed into a symbol, how can he hope to retain his humanity?
Brilliantly written as closely observed journalistic reportage and filtered through a wide lens that encompasses the vibrant characters affected by Cameron's story, Anatomy of a Miracle will be read, championed, and celebrated as a powerful story of our time, and the work of a true literary master.
My first book of 2018! I’m going to try really hard to review as I go along this year, because my lack of reviews in 2017 isn’t something I want to carry over to this year.
Anatomy of a Miracle is story about the riddles of the human heart, the contradictions we carry, the wounds seen and unseen, and the many sides to a story. Haunting and humble, Miles presents the residents of small town America, a place still ravaged from Hurricane Katrina, as they deal with the extraordinary healing that has occurred there. From the war zones of the Middle East to the dusty shelves of a local convenience store, questions of science and faith and love emerge, presented almost documentary style. Getting to the ending was an emotional journey that left me with a lovely book hangover!
There are lots of moments in this book that really stayed with me, but Euclide’s interview with Demarkus was just pitch perfect. Demarkus was a favorite character of mine.
Stop the Clock:
For a book about a miracle, this isn’t a religious book. This is a book that questions- what miracles are, who is worthy of receiving them, and how our beliefs are tested by science and mystery. But mostly it’s a story of people dealing with every day issues and the not so ordinary ones!
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