A mother's faith, a child's courage, a doctor's dedication - a moving and thought-provoking tale of hope, love, and family.
He might be young, but Colm already recognizes the truth: that he's sick and not getting better. His mother, Cathleen, fiercely believes her faith will protect her ailing son, but Colm is not so sure. With a wisdom far beyond his years, Colm has come to terms with his probable fate, but he does have one special wish. He wants to meet his father who abandoned his beloved mother before Colm was born.
But the quest to find the dying boy's missing parent soon becomes a powerful journey of emotional discovery - a test of belief and an anxious search for proof of heaven.
A magnificent debut novel, Mary Curran Hackett's Proof of Heaven is a beautiful and unforgettable exploration of the power of love and the monumental questions of life, death, and the afterlife.
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"Colm's medical condition and repeated resurrections offer intriguing narrative possibilities. But, weighed down by sentimental prose and predictable characters, Hackett's premise stalls out." - Kirkus Reviews
"[T]he focus on [Cathleen's] struggle to reconcile faith and loss both overwhelms and undercuts an otherwise interesting premise that the author took from her own life." - Publishers Weekly
"Reminiscent of Carol Cassella's recent work, this is an emotionally fulfilling, spiritually inviting, thought-provoking novel." - Booklist
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Mary Curran Hackett is an adjunct English professor at the University of Cincinnati. She lives with her husband and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit her online at www.mchackett.com.
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