Anatomy of a Miracle (Miles) - Book Reviews

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Miles…[puts] his characters through one absurd situation after another, but he laces his tale with moments of philosophical seriousness…. Well-drawn characters and… witty repartee help give the book’s wild and wacky events a very human frame of reference.
Publishers Weekly

Satire at its best is constructive social criticism, and Miles is perfecting this craft in the 21st century.… With sincerity and wit, Miles pens a strong, sardonic rumination on the religious boundaries of the miraculous. —Joshua Finnell, Colgate Univ., Hamilton, NY
Library Journal

Vibrant, bustling, and humorous.… Cleverly shaped as a journalistic report… Miles' tale offers a nuanced and endlessly entertaining exploration of the age-old debate between faith and reason.

(Starred review.)[A] rare and admirable command of structure and style,… his sentences are thick with data, wittily delivered.… An expertly shaped tale about faith in collision with contemporary American culture.
Kirkus Reviews

The impossible happens in… 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

[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.
Shelf Awareness

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.… [A] thoughtful modern morality play.

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