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Publisher's Summary

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 championed and celebrated as a powerful story of our time and the work of a true literary master.

©2018 Jonathan Miles (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Jonathan Miles has written a novel whose comic moments alone make it a wonderful read, but Anatomy of a Miracle quickly becomes so much more: an intense, and intensely profound, meditation on how an extraordinary event might test the limits of both scientific and religious belief. What a superb writer; what a superb book." (Ron Rash, New York Times best-selling author of Serena and Above the Waterfall)

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Contemporary themes, pristine writing

There is so much to praise it is hard to know where to start. Miles' characters are so very well created that it allows much of the plot to be understood from diverse and compelling perspectives. This novel presents several themes relevant to current daily news, but never seemed bogged down or lost my interest. Cameron, the soldier and recipient of the miracle, his sister, and the myriad people either directly effected by the miracle and those who insert themselves into the situation for personal reasons all incur ramifications that were unanticipated and unintended. I love love love this book, even more than Want Not, which is also spectacular. Miles is a totally unique author.

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Well Written

Jonathan Miles has written a captivating tale. It is clear that he spent his time researching and thinking as there is a great deal of spirit and authenticity that went into this book. I do not want to say too much and ruin the story for others because it is definitely worth reading or listening to. My rating is based on the fact that I find the whole ending to be a tad cliche. There are now tons of books out there that explore sexuality. Even much of YA literature is written to explore this topic. I found myself moved by the brilliance of the writing but felt slight disappointed by the simplicity of Cameron’s demise.

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amazing

The best book I've read in a long time and I was not expecting it. The author did a superb job in recounting this story. The writing was graceful, perfectly paced, and masterful in its revealing. This was a story I couldn't "out down".

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mostly good, room for improvement.

plot and narrator are amazing. the characters are interesting amd well developed. however, writing is occasionally clunky, and doesn't quite weave all the parts together well.

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Left me wondering/a must

I am asking myself: “Is this book true or a unique kind of memoir “? Regardless I wanna know how the life is for him now? A pyramid of stories within a story of the spiritual heart of the great U.S.A. and the faith flowing not so freely anymore because social media has become people drug of choice. A new place where we can choose to worship others B.S.

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