Strause's first novel is fast gathering momentum as one of the 'it' books for 2005. With its teenage protagonist, Maybe A Miracle has the potential to appeal to readers from the older teens through to adults, both men and women; and with subject matter that runs the gauntlet of hot topic subjects, including religion and politics, this is also a shoe-in for book clubs who enjoy a little contention in their reading matter (you'll find a reading guide at BookBrowse), and will probably find itself on high school reading lists before long. As one reviewer puts it, "Maybe A Miracle starts out somewhere not far from J.D. Salinger's rye field (i.e. Catcher In The Rye), but it ends up in a new and strange and marvelous place where only this extraordinary first novelist could take it."
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