If I could
tell you only one thing about my life it would be this: when I was seven years
old the mailman ran over my head. As formative events go, nothing else comes
With these words Edgar Mint, half-Apache and mostly orphaned, makes his unshakable claim on our attention. In the course of Brady Udall's high-spirited, inexhaustibly inventive novel, Edgar survives not just this bizarre accident, but a hellish boarding school for Native American orphans, a well-meaning but wildly dysfunctional Mormon foster-family, and the loss of most of the illusions that are supposed to make life bearable.
What persists is Edgar's innate goodness, his belief in the redeeming power of language, and his determination to find and forgive the man who almost killed him. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint is a miracle of storytelling, bursting with heartache and hilarity and inhabited by characters as outsized as the landscape of the American West.
If I could tell you only one thing about my life it would be this: when I was
seven years old the mailman ran over my head. As formative events go, nothing
else comes close; my careening, zigzag existence, my wounded brain and faith in
God, my collisions with joy and affliction, all of it has come, in one way or
another, out of that moment on a summer morning when the left rear tire of a
United States postal jeep ground my tiny head into the hot gravel of the San
Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
It was a typical July day, ten o'clock and already pushing a hundred, the whole world lit with a painful white light. Our house was particularly vulnerable to the heat because, unlike the other HUD houses on the road, it was covered with black tar paperthe siding had never been put onand there were no shade trees, not even a bush to block the sun. There was an old lightning-struck cottonwood in the front yard, a charred skeleton of a tree...
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