Fountain Favorite Jonathan Miles Returns with Anatomy of a Miracle

at in store on 03/28/2018, 06:30 pm
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"Richmond", VA
A note from Fountain owner, Kelly Justice: I love everything about this book. When I read the preview copy this summer, this is what I wrote to the publisher: This is an extraordinary tale of a paralyzed veteran who is gifted (or cursed) with a miracle, the storm that surrounds him in the aftermath, and the meaning of faith. This book has ruined me. It was so good I don't want to read anything else. I've been in a funk for days since I finished it knowing that nothing else is going to measure up. This is a loving portrait of America today: imperfect, ridiculous, dangerous, yet still inspiring. Then I got a copy for Bookseller Carl because I didn't want to part with my own and this is what he has to say: This is one of the best works of fiction I've read in a very long time. Using an investigative journalism approach, it tells the story of a paralyzed (waist down) veteran of Afghanistan who gets up out of his wheelchair and walks after four years. His battered neighborhood in Biloxi, MS is swarmed by miracle seekers, the press, well-wishers, reality TV and even the Catholic Church. Doctors are perplexed by the mystery of his recovery. But Cameron Harris doesn't appear to be enjoying his "miracle" (?). It only seems to raise questions and secrets from his past. I have never known characters as intimately and thoroughly as I know these people (and it's all necessary!). Challenging the boundaries of science and religion, this book will keep you on your toes, thinking, reflecting, growing, crying and laughing enough so as not to completely break your heart. It is damn near perfect. Bookseller Katie was able to get a copy because Carl wouldn't let go of his and she said: A 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! Please join us for an evening of celebration of a truly great novel. One of the reminders of why we all read. And, I'm proud to call Jonny a friend, having gotten to know him on his journey in this business from prior to his first book's publication. So, as a personal favor, I'd like to see a big crowd out for this evening. I hope you'll join us. It would mean a lot and you won't regret it. - Kelly Oh, and some other people liked it too...

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