CHARACTERS À The Miracle Girl: A Novel

SUMMARY The Miracle Girl: A Novel

CHARACTERS À The Miracle Girl: A Novel ´ The crowds keep coming More and every day it seems drawn by rumor and whisper and desperate wish Somehow they heard about the little girl on Shaker Street They come to see eight year old Anabelle Vincent who lies in a comalike state unable to move or speak They come because a visitor experienced what sEr; by Anabelle’s estranged father who is dealing with the guilt of his actions; and by the people who come seeking the child’s help her guidance and her healing Yet it tells a larger cultural story about the human yearning for the miraculous to be true about how becoming a believer in something anything even if you don’t understand it can sustain you  . Interesting story but the writing style wasn't my favorite I found it hard to get through the book

SUMMARY ✓ MONEYEXPRESSCARD.CO.UK ↠ Andrew Roe

E Word spread There were visitors More miracles But is there a connection And does it matter Set against the backdrop of the approaching millennium with all its buzz about reckoning and doom this impressive debut novel is narrated by Anabelle herself; by her devoted mother who cares for her child while struggling to make sense of the media frenzy surrounding h. The Miracle Girl is a novel about an extraordinary event that is told in a rather ordinary way not the writing but the story itself it is not dull but not much happens But I suppose that might be the point the fact that life happens at all is kind of miraculousThe chapters cover different characters’ points of view; mostly the saintly tireless mother and the penitent absent father but also a host of other characters that are drawn into the girl’s orbit the priest the skeptic the physical therapist etc but the chapters that were the most compelling are told by the girl Anabelle herself These chapters unfortunately too few really feel like the mind of a child fast paced jumping from one thought or memory to the next nonsensical and magical but still aware of the adult world than she would be credited Everything in the book is painted totally realistically from the thoughts of the characters to the banter of TV news personalities to the drab cubicle farm of an office building Don’t be swayed away from this book by the seemingly “Christian” connotations it is only Christian in the way that saying “Oh my God” is a prayer – that is to say even atheists probably do it hundreds of times a day This book is not pushing any sort of agenda or belief; like the characters in the book the interpretation is left up to the reader whether they see a sent from above MIRACLE or just one of life’s weird and amazing marvels

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The Miracle Girl A NovelThe crowds keep coming More and every day it seems drawn by rumor and whisper and desperate wish Somehow they heard about the little girl on Shaker Street They come to see eight year old Anabelle Vincent who lies in a comalike state unable to move or speak They come because a visitor experienced what seemed like a miracle and believed it was because of Anabell. I'd rate this 35 starsWord spread Somehow they heard about the little girl on Shaker Street the one who almost died—who should have died—but didn't and now she can't speak or move she's paralyzed mute hooked up to machines and tubes her body a living statue but also holy blessed a gift from God a child who heals and gives hope to those in needEight year old Anabelle Vincent is in a coma like state called akinetic mutism She is unable to move or speak and no one is sure whether she has any idea what is going on around her Following the accident that left her in this condition her parents made the decision to care for her at home rather than institutionalize herOne day a friend of her mother experienced what seemed to be a miracle after spending time in Anabelle's presence She also noticed a religious statue weeping Word uickly spread and the visitors started coming from near and far desperate to spend a few minutes with Anabelle hoping against hope that she might help them or a family member combat disease distress infertility poverty or other problem Within a few months Anabelle has become an utter phenomenon and people wait for hours on end outside her house for a chance to experience the same type of miracles that so many others haveAnabelle's mother Karen has made it her life's mission to care for her daughter even at the expense of her marriage as well as her physical and mental well being She often can't remember the last time she left the house Yet as she sees what hope Anabelle is bringing to others she realizes she cannot deprive people the opportunity for the miracle that evaded the girl herself So she opens her home to the visitors the media even the army of volunteers who help with everything from website updates to schedulesAnabelle's father John left because he couldn't handle the pressure that caring for his daughter was putting on him and his wife But as he drifts from place to place job to job never putting down roots for long he can't help but wonder if his place is back with his family despite the strain it may cause And he wonders if Anabelle might give him the miracle of a family one timeAndrew Roe's The Miracle Girl is an insightful look at American life just before the millennium the desperation of people to believe in miracles and have hope and how a family copes with the idea that their daughter whose own life is far from the one they dreamed for her can provide such benefit to total strangers It's also a look at the lives of some of those who come to Anabelle for help as well as a teacher bent on proving that the miracles are hoaxes and the priest who is part of his archdiocese's investigation into the purported miraclesI found this book intriguing but uneven Sometimes it was really compelling fascinating even but when the book shifted to the mundane details of Karen and John's lives I lost interest The book doesn't really take a position on what is happening but a plot twist leaves a lot of things unresolved and actually causes a few uestions than answers But Roe is very talented and definitely has created a thought provoking story that may challenge your own ideas of whether miracles like these truly exist in our worldSee all of my reviews at