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."
This review is from the November 30, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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