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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.
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By kirsten on 03-28-18
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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By JerHolt on 07-14-18
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.