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There Will Be No Miracles Here

A Memoir
Narrated by: Casey Gerald
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Named a best book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times

A PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club pick

"Somehow Casey Gerald has pulled off the most urgently political, most deeply personal, and most engagingly spiritual statement of our time by just looking outside his window and inside himself. Extraordinary." (Marlon James) 

"Staccato prose and peripatetic storytelling combine the cadences of the Bible with an urgency reminiscent of James Baldwin in this powerfully emotional memoir." (BookPage)

The testament of a boy and a generation who came of age as the world came apart - a generation searching for a new way to live.

Casey Gerald comes to our fractured times as a uniquely visionary witness whose life has spanned seemingly unbridgeable divides. His story begins at the end of the world: Dallas, New Year's Eve 1999, when he gathers with the congregation of his grandfather's black evangelical church to see which of them will be carried off. His beautiful, fragile mother disappears frequently and mysteriously; for a brief idyll, he and his sister live like Boxcar Children on her disability checks. When Casey - following in the footsteps of his father, a gridiron legend who literally broke his back for the team - is recruited to play football at Yale, he enters a world he's never dreamed of, the anteroom to secret societies and success on Wall Street, in Washington, and beyond. But even as he attains the inner sanctums of power, Casey sees how the world crushes those who live at its margins. He sees how the elite perpetuate the salvation stories that keep others from rising. And he sees, most painfully, how his own ascension is part of the scheme. 

There Will Be No Miracles Here has the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale, but it stands the American Dream narrative on its head. If to live as we are is destroying us, it asks, what would it mean to truly live? Intense, incantatory, shot through with sly humor and quiet fury, There Will Be No Miracles Here inspires us to question - even shatter - and reimagine our most cherished myths.

©2018 Casey Gerald (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Stunningly original.... By breaking every rule of the...genre, [Gerald has] created something unique and sublime: a beautiful chronicle of a life as yet unfinished...a shining and sincere miracle of a book.” (NPR)

“Undeniably inspirational...a literary and often dark look at the effects the national virtue of self-reliance can have on the people who live according to it, with particularly moving passages about the atmosphere of stress, pain, and racial divides on college campuses.” (Vanity Fair)

“Infuriating and deeply moving.... It’s a rare memoirist who does not just recall, but inhabits the past, who understands that memory is a pliable thing, a means to, not the end of, a story.... There’s a bit of Barbara Kingsolver in this, a bit of James Baldwin...urgent, lyrical [and] timely.” (Texas Observer)

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Read or listen or whatever you need to finish this book

Most books are for other people and they do not tell the truth that is vulnerable and damning. This book may not help Casey Gerald as a politician or figure within college football or Yale alum, but it was the most honest account of a human existence I have ever heard and as much as this book has helped me, changed me, I sincerely hope it was what the author needed for himself.

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Excellent Debut

What a great new voice. Kudos to Casey Gerald. He is a wonderful storyteller. I enjoyed his honesty and the graceful way he moved forward and back carefully weaving the many varied ideas, feelings, and events together to tell the story of his life in a coherent and compelling way.

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A Gripping Memoir

When I started listening to this book, I thought I would get bored. Casey Gerald's voice is so soft and slow-paced. But somehow he kept me interested the entire time. This book is an amazing combination of childhood memoir, social commentary, coming-of-age and self-deprecating wit. It's an old story, but an entirely new point of view (to me at least). Thanks Mr. Gerald for putting your life into words for us, and thanks, Audible, for making this great work available! #SocialJustice, #ThoughtProvoking, #RacialJustice, #Tagsgiving, #Sweepstakes

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Not Quite Sure Why I Stuck With It

I found this book on my Want to Read List. By the time I came across it I had no idea why I chose it. It may have been a combination of the title and an NPR recommendation. I stayed with it to the end, but I have to say it did nothing for me.

Maybe because my life has nothing in common with Gerald’s, but I was not able to empathize as he recounted his varied experiences growing up, playing ball, entering the business world, etc. He’s a young gay, Black man, chosen for his gifts to be introduced to opportunities seldom offered to his peers in his generation. I could intellectually accept his reaction to each of these experiences but nothing in his account made me care.

I don’t mean to say this account wasn’t of some interest. As I said I listened all the way to the end but I came away from it feeling “OK, that’s over now. What’s next?” Not the way I want to feel after sharing someone’s life story.

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Amazingly raw memoir

I am mesmerized by Casey Gerald...his story, his often poignant, often funny, always amazing turns of phrase. The concept that this is the authors first book is almost incomprehensible and at the same time, makes me eager to see how this young author and advocate will impact the world we live in. Purely incredible!!!

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Earnest Installment Toward Wholeness.

Author as narrator contributed greatly to my ability to identify with countless chapters of Casey"s life. Our Nation needs courageous citizens like Casey to LEAD.

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Awaking

Casey’s search for the truth of his story forces reader to reflect on the truth of hers (or his). I appreciate this glimpse Casey provides into his journey of becoming awake.

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Vague and Boring

I'm at a loss of why this book was written. It was vague and the author continued to bring up events and never offer a resolution to a story beyond "i don't want to talk about that." Why are you writing a book if you don't want to talk about anything.

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Amazing work

I started out unconvinced that the writer's style would engage me; I soon learned that my apprehension was unwarranted. I could relate to the author in a number of ways, and I sympathized with other aspects of his compelling story. Great story telling, courageous story.

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Wonderful

A wonderful book, beautifully written and told. The humor in the book pairs well with the sometimes heavy subject matter to make for a very compelling read. Highly recommended.

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