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Anatomy of a Miracle

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles
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Jan 08, 2019 | 384 Pages
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Praise for Anatomy of a Miracle

“Funny, bighearted…Miles specializes in giving fully rounded humanity to characters who might elsewhere be treated as stock figures…pitch-perfect.”
— New York Times Book Review

“Jonathan Miles’s masterful new novel Anatomy of a Miracle documents the slo-mo explosion of an attention-grabbing event with trompe l’oeil flourishes…Miles is a writer so virtuosic that readers will feel themselves becoming better, more observant people from reading him… Part of why Anatomy feels so expansive is that Miles takes every opportunity to delve into the characters’ backstories… but this keen interest in people is part and parcel of a book in which the author describes humans as ‘extraordinary’ at least three times. In Miles’s world, everyone — not just the people shouting loudest on the internet — is worthy of attention.”
— Los Angeles Review of Books


“The impossible happens in… Jonathan Miles’s latest novel, Anatomy of a Miracle. But it’s what occurs before the astonishing event and what unspools after that will break open hearts and imaginations… Miles’s powerful prose nudges readers to seek the soft spots between faith and judgment, story and science, and fact and fiction.”
— CJ Lotz, Garden & Gun

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles is a novel that reads like a true story. It’s about a US veteran whose paralysis from the War in Afghanistan is miraculously cured. Cue a media frenzy and you finishing this story in days.”
— TheSkimm

“Brilliant, moving, suspenseful, funny, rich, and humane….by far his best work. It’s a robust and powerful story about humanity, hope, loss, and courage. And LOVE. Cannot recommend it highly enough, truly!”
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic, on Instagram

“Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny.”
— Books Inc, in the San Francisco Chronicle

“[Anatomy of a Miracle] is a remarkable combination of medical mystery, satire and war story. Like Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, it captures the long-lasting effects of war by focusing on those for whom war is only a tangential thing somewhere far away.”
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“Jonathan Miles’ smart exploration of everything from the excesses of American popular culture to the deepest aspects of religious belief roars to life… A vivid portrait of our need to believe and its unintended consequences… Anatomy of a Miracle is a thoughtful modern morality play that’s as current as the latest internet meme and as timeless as the foundations of faith”
BookPage

“Miles possesses a rare and admirable command of structure and style, shifting smoothly from Afghan patrol tactics to Catholic doctrine to neurological science; his sentences are thick with data, wittily delivered. … An expertly shaped tale about faith in collision with contemporary American culture.” 
— Kirkus (starred review)

“Vibrant, bustling, and humorous… Cleverly shaped as a journalistic report, and told in a style similar to that of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Ron Currie, Miles’ tale offers a nuanced and endlessly entertaining exploration of the age-old debate between faith and reason.”
— Booklist

“With sincerity and wit, Miles pens a strong, sardonic rumination on the religious boundaries of the miraculous.”
— Library Journal

“Affecting.”
Publishers Weekly

“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 bestselling author of Serena and Above the Waterfall


Praise for Dear American Airlines:

“Wildly entertaining…not just philosophically but emotionally rewarding.”
—Richard Russo, New York Times Book Review
 
“This is writing that pulls no punches…There’s a satirist’s edge to [it], an over-the-top sensibility reminiscent of Tibor Fischer and John Kennedy Toole. Satire, to be sure, is part of the point, but Miles is after something bigger—a story of reconciliation, of redemption, of a character trying to become unstuck.
—David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

“A flinty, funny, irreverent, and heartbreaking first novel. The writing reminded me of brilliant, early-days Martin Amis—except with redemption and hope. It’s not easy to write a book this good, but Jonathan Miles makes it seem effortless.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
 
“Miles is a rare original who has pity and sympathy for almost everybody. Bravo.”
—Barry Hannah, author of Airships
 
“I loved this novel, which is strong medicine indeed.”
—Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall


Praise for Want Not:

“Well, I loved this book. I don’t know if it helps you or anyone to delay that assessment, so I won’t. Jonathan Miles can write, and here he’s written a wonderful book, and there’s no one I would not urge to read it…This is the work of a fluid, confident and profoundly talented writer who gets more fluid, more confident and seemingly more talented even within the book itself. As it progresses, Want Not so assuredly accumulates power and profundity and momentum that I read the last 200 pages without pause.”
—Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review

“Immensely satisfying…while [Mr. Miles] is presumably capable of writing a bad sentence, he doesn’t do so here, despite the big swings he often takes with his prose…gripping and memorable.” New York Times

“With a light Midas touch, Miles turns all the glut and ache of late America into pure gold…Read this book. It is warm, complex, comic, honest, and never flinching. Want Not wastes not a word, while its pleasures are endless.”
—Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
 
“A powerful, blisteringly funny novel…Miles mines the depths of waste so artfully that by the end of this extraordinary novel, we’re left with the suspicion that redemption may well be no more, and no less, than an existential salvage operation.”
—Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

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