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Maybe a Miracle: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In this disarming debut, Brian Strause has written a vastly entertaining novel about an American family transfixed by a series of mysterious events. From a comfortable suburb of Columbus, Ohio, emerges a story of rebellion, faith, and hope, bridging the cultural gap between those who believe in miracles and those who wish they could.

Monroe Anderson, as quiet on the outside as he is sardonic and alive on the inside, has spent most of his eighteen years trying to fly beneath the radar. If he can remain invisible, he believes, his sadistic older brother, a rising golf star, might not torment him, his workaholic father, a renowned litigator, might not notice him long enough to be disappointed, and his mother might not have to struggle so hard to find a hopeful word. The only people who glimpse the real Monroe are his girlfriend, Emily, and his eleven-year-old sister, Annika.

On the night of his senior prom, Monroe finds Annika floating facedown in the family pool. He dives in and rescues her, but not quickly enough to prevent her from slipping into a coma. As the family copes with this crisis, Monroe's mother turns to religion, his father turns to liquor, and Monroe himself must decide what's worth believing in, what's worth fighting for, and, finally, who he wants to be.

By turns humorous and heartbreaking, personal and sweeping, familiar and extraordinary, Brian Strause's mesmerizing novel takes readers on an unforgettable emotional journey into America's heartland.

©2005 Brian Strause; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Strause juxtaposes the caustic and the poignant in his first novel, a pitch-perfect teenage take on human failings and superhuman spectacle in central Ohio. "(Publishers Weekly)

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    Fareesa LahorePakistan 12-25-06
    Fareesa LahorePakistan 12-25-06
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    "disappointing..."

    The book had potential but there's no plot at all! It's kinda like listening to an auto-biography. I was expecting a lot more (mainly because of the nice reviews) and the ending was NOT what I was expecting at all. It made the book worse in my opinion because it seemed kinda senseless and abrupt.

    Also at times it was difficult to relate with the characters. With Monroe's constant sarcasm it was hard for me to feel sorry for him.

    I gave 2 stars for Monroe (he's pretty funny) and Annika (their relationship is sweet) and last star because I managed to finish the book in 2 days.

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    Sindi 03-05-06
    Sindi 03-05-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Good listen"

    I was very pleased with this book. The characters were believable and loving. It was worth the time and book credit. I'll be waiting for the next book by this author.

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    Barb memphis, TN, USA 02-22-06
    Barb memphis, TN, USA 02-22-06
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    great book!
    very entertaining!

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