Anatomy of a Miracle

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I really struggled to get into this, and after several attempts am going to hold off finishing it for now - I think I may revisit it in a few months as I really liked the randomness of the plot and the richness of the language. Something about it is just not clicking for me right now though.
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A story about the riddles of the human heart, the contradictions we carry, the wounds seen and unseen, and the many sides to a story. Haunting and humble,  This book ostensibly deals with what constitutes a miracle, but ultimately it deals with what constitutes a human being.
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Anatomy of a Miracle is a fictional account of a war veteran, previously paralyzed while in service, being the recipient of a miracle. The miracle is this: when Cameron is in the parking lot, he is able to get out of his wheelchair and walk for the first time in years. As the title suggests, this book concerns the ripples from this incredible happening. It ends up becoming less of Cameron regaining his mobility, and more of how Cameron regaining his mobility affects everyone around him. This, I found highly fascinating. This book asked the tough questions while also not providing answers. Questions like, is there a creator? If there was a creator, then why did he choose to "heal"...

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It was as if I was reading a true account of what people were claiming to be a miracle. Cameron Harris is paralyzed from the waist down after being hit with shrapnel while on duty in Afghanistan. One afternoon in front of a convenience store in Biloxi, MS, he gets up out of his wheelchair and walks, something he hasn’t been able to do for four years. This is isn’t just Cameron’s story. It soon becomes evident that this is also about a cast of other characters and that there so many layers here. This is about faith or lack of, in some ways, about the inexplicable ,but this is not a preachy quest for conversion. It felt like an expose of society in many ways. - social media, reality tv, the...

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{My Thoughts}
What Worked For Me
Documentary Style – One of the things I liked most about Anatomy of a Miracle was the way Jonathan Miles told his story in almost a documentary fashion. The miracle that returned Cameron Harris’s legs to him and its aftermath is told about from some point in the future. The person telling the story has interviewed Cameron, his sister, Tanya, and all the other players in the weeks and months after the miracle. That person is now presenting everything that followed in almost a Dateline type of story. The entire book reads like a really interesting piece of investigative journalism, similar to nonfiction.

Story Grounded in Reality – Miles brilliantly ground...

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Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles is a novelized account of a true story. Cameron Harris' life has fallen apart multiple times: his father left when he was young, his mother died when he was a teenager, soon after her death, hurricane Katrina destroyed half of his hometown, he was rejected by a lover, and he became paralyzed while serving in Afghanistan. Now, he and his sister Tanya live in Biloxi, Mississippi. They are poor, but happy. Then Cam suddenly arises from his wheelchair and walks outside of a neighborhood store owned by a Vietnamese couple. As many times as Cam's life has changed in an instant before, it is about to change again.

Cam becomes a sensation...

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Cameron Harris is a patriotic young man who goes to Afghanistan and returns home paralyzed from the waist down after stepping on an IED. When Jonathan Miles's new novel, Anatomy of a Miracle opens he is back in his hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi living with his sister Tanya. Days are spent watching TV, smoking, taking the cornucopia of pills he's been prescribed, and drinking beer. It is on when of their trips to the nearby convenience store, the Biz-E-Bee, as Tanya is inside buying Cap'n Crunch, that Cameron gets an odd feeling in the lower half of his body, and then…stands. And walks. Just a few steps because he's been paralyzed for four years, but it is enough to...

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I am sorry to say that I didn't get a chance to read this book before it expired from my e-reader.
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4* This book is almost written like a true account of an actual event-(but it is a novel). Cameron, paralyzed by a bomb in Afghanistan, miraculously (or not) regains the use of his legs spontaneously while sitting outside the local Biz E Bee in his wheelchair. We get perspectives from all sorts of folks involved in his life, before and after his wounds and his recovery. This was a highly entertaining read, and I can totally see it being made into movie--which ironically fits into the whole trope of the book. A fun read, occasionally drags at time, but I ended up really enjoying it.
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Captivating, suspenseful, entertaining novel! This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it! Would highly recommend to those who enjoy this genre.
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Talk about impossible: a paralyzed man leaves his wheelchair, stands up and walks back into a life he thought he'd lost in an IED blast in Afghanistan. Jonathan Miles' novel, Anatomy of a Miracle, calls itself a "true" story/novel, and I admit, I was confused at first, wondering what this was about. It turns out to be a blend of many things, with a man at its center who appears to be a spiritual icon until people realize he's still a flawed human being. Recommended.
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3.5 interesting and somewhat sad stars

This was quite the tale of a young returned soldier paralyzed from the war in Afghanistan who returns to Mississippi and to the sister who loves and cares for him. After spending four years in a wheelchair Cameron "miraculously" stands up and walks at a local convenience store. This "miracle" is then front page news and the impact of this notoriety is shown as Cameron and his sister, Tanya, meander through the miracle workers bent on obtaining a miracle for themselves, religious, Cam's doctor who just can't accept the thought of it not being science based, and the store owners who for a time profit from this miracle. The...

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This book is beautiful and I cannot recommend enough. Thanks for the ARC, Netgalley.
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*signed copy* Out March 13th, this novel tells the story of a paralyzed man who suddenly is able to walk again. I read it almost in one sitting. I'm so grateful that I was able to read it prior to publication and incredibly glad that I'll receive a signed copy through the First Edition Club at Parnassus Books!
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If you were driving through Biloxi, Mississippi on August 23rd of 2014, and happened to stop at the Biz-E-Bee store on Reconfort Avenue and Division Street that afternoon just as Tanya Harris walked in, and her brother, Cameron rolled up, you might have been there to witness the Miracle. Not that they’d gone there looking for a miracle, Tanya was looking to buy some cigarettes, and Cameron, melting in the heat and humidity of the day, had beer in mind to offset the weather.

As it was, it was Mrs. Eulalie Dooley who saw the ins and outs of all the days of this town from her front porch through her very own ninety-one-year-old eyes, which is where she was when Tanya left Cameron sitting in...

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Anatomy of a Miracle is a wonder. We are thrust into Cameron Harris's world with the exacting view of an investigative reporter. Within the first few pages, I forgot I was reading a novel and had fully bought into Cameron's story.
Cameron, like many young men who are adrift, joined the Army. He went to war and came home paralyzed and battling PTSD. For four years he existed with the help of his sister, Tanya. Then one day everything changed. While waiting outside a convenience store for Tanya, Cameron stood up and took several steps. Then he took more steps. Soon he was in physical therapy rebuilding his atrophied muscles.
Cameron standing is where the story really begins...

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i would recommend this book to readers interested in this topic.
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Have you ever tried to categorize and explain the impossible? Of course, if the impossible actually happens, then it can't be impossible, right?

The supposedly impossible happens in this book. Cameron Harris, a paraplegic of four years due to a war injury, finds suddenly that he can get out of his wheel chair and walk.

From his doctor's point of view, the body has healed itself of its injury. That might even sound like an explanation to you and me; yes, OK, the body healed itself. Great!

Except, medically speaking, the body is not supposed to be able to heal itself in this way. There is no scientific explanation. His doctor, who places great store on science, is left with a...

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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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A profound new novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery—a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life

Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of...

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