Here Comes the Miracle

Here Comes the Miracle

Anna Beecher
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It begins with a miracle: a baby born too small and too early, but defiantly alive. This is Joe. Decades before, another miracle. In a patch of nettle-infested wilderness, a seventeen year old boy falls in love with his best friend, Jack. This is Edward. Joe gains a sister, Emily. From the outset, her life is framed by his. She watches him grow into a young man who plays the violin magnificently and longs for a boyfriend. A young man who is ready to begin. Edward, after being separated from Jack, builds a life with Eleanor. They start a family and he finds himself a grandfather to Joe and Emily. When Joe is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Emily and the rest of the family are left waiting for a miracle. A miracle that won' t come. HERE COMES THE MIRACLE is a profoundly beautiful story about love and loss; and about the beautiful and violent randomness of life.
An exceptional novel - subtle, accomplished, and powerful. It deals unflinchingly with death but also brings life, lived and unlived, tenderly and clearly into focus. I thought it was very moving. -- Anjali Joseph, author of SARASWATI PARK Anna Beecher has produced an evocation of loss and mourning that is nevertheless suffused with a sense of wonder - about the world and its objects, about different kinds of love, about the way our lives form round absences. In this quietly devastating novel, she attends, with tenderness and precision, to the details of both life and death. Here Comes the Miracle is a work of depth, sorrow, and great beauty. A lyrically-written tale of loss, fear and the miracle of love, which finds great significance in small things and quiet moments. Painful and beautiful.
Anna Beecher' s work is about love. She is interested in dignity, rebellion and lives shaped by loss. She is a current MFA candidate at the University of Virginia and a winner of the $10,000 Henfield Prize for Fiction. She also has written widely for theatre and performance, including early years show Nest, which will be touring the UK in March 2019. Here Comes the Miracle is her first novel.