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Maybe a Miracle by Brian Strause
  

Maybe a Miracle

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Plenty of plot, an unusual scenario and a touch of sardonic humour in an interesting style. A young girl survives nearly drowning but remains in a coma while strange things occur around (or because of) her. On a sideline there is rape, murder, infidelity and teenage angst. Well worth investing in.

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Synopsis

Maybe a Miracle by Brian Strause

'The first thing I think is sheâs just trying to get a rise out of me. Sheâs just floating, not a ripple in the water … itâs a very convincing performance. So, just to make sure, I pick up a tennis ball and chuck it at her, not too hard, but hard enough. It hits her head and bounces into the bushes. She doesnât flinch. She just keeps floating, face down, her back to the world, the ripples of her spine in stark contrast to the stillness of the pool.â

Maybe a Miracle opens on the night of Monroe Andersonâs senior prom. He is uncomfortably dressed, dying for a smoke, and worried about his sexual prospects for the evening. Then he sees his 11-year-old sister, Annika, lying face-down in the family swimming pool. He breathes life back into her body, but her mind remains in a deep and mysterious coma. From this moment on, Monroeâs life will be different. As family and friends rally round, hoping and praying that Annika will wake up, strange things start to happen around her… Whilst Monroe doesnât believe in miracles – let alone think his little sister can perform them - it seems others are more easily convinced. As stories of Annikaâs healing powers spread, Monroe can only stand by and watch as his mother, her church and the media attempt to elevate his sweet, annoying and wonderfully ordinary sister to virtual sainthood….

Reviews

'laugh out loud funny. . .provocative and unique. ****' People

‘Strauseâs debut is as tender as a slow dance, as sassy as a rap song, and an utter joy.â Jacquelyn Mitchard

About the Author

Brian Strause

Brian Strause was born in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the American Film Institute with an MFA in producing and worked as an associate producer for The 90s for PBS. He has also written TV and film scripts. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd August 2006

Author

Brian Strause

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Publisher

Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780749936846

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