Tiny Uncertain Miracles
by Michelle Johnston
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Pub Date 03 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 11 Nov 2022
HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 4th Estate
Miracles are notoriously unreliable. But sometimes, just when they're needed, they turn up - although not always in the form that we expect...
'A novel luminous with love and hope that will change the way you see the world.' Kathryn Heyman
Awkward, hapless Marick is still struggling with the loss of his wife, his child and his faith when he is reluctantly thrust into the position of chaplain at a large public hospital. Shortly after arriving, he meets Hugo, a hospital scientist and a man almost as lost as Marick himself, who is working in a forgotten lab, deep in the subterranean realms of the hospital. Hugo is convinced that the bacteria he uses for protein production have - unbelievably - begun to produce gold. Is it alchemy, evolution, a hoax or even ... possibly ... a miracle?
In the meantime, Christmas is approaching, the number of homeless outside the hospital is increasing, the Director of Operational Services is pressing Marick about his weekly KPIs, you can't buy chocolate in the hospital shop anymore, and Marick keeps waking with nightmares at 4 am every night. If ever a miracle was needed, it's now.
A tender, sweet, sad, gritty, slyly funny and unexpectedly uplifting novel about family, friendship, faith, love - and alchemy - Tiny Uncertain Miracles is a hopeful and luminous gift to all readers.
PRAISE FOR TINY UNCERTAIN MIRACLES
'Johnston captures the brutal reality of life with a lyricism and gentleness that will touch many. Readers of Elizabeth Strout, Mitch Albom and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will find similarities and enjoyment in Tiny Uncertain Miracles.' Books+Publishing
'Johnston articulates the biggest questions and the smallest human moments with rare beauty and precision. A stunning act of imagination and storytelling' – Robert Lukins, Loveland
'Emotionally rich, profoundly absorbing and entrancingly unique, this is a book you won't be able to put down. Johnston's sentences dance, her wit sparkles and her power arises from her authority and audacity. Intellectually rigorous and achingly poignant; Tiny Uncertain Miracles is a virtuoso performance by a writer at the height of her powers. I have not read anything as satisfying and stimulating for a very long time.' Alice Nelson, The Children's House
'Tiny Uncertain Miracles is witty, profound and a joy to read. Johnston posits that believing in something is better than nothing, and that redemption can come from the least likely places. Invisible gods, alchemy, medical science - all have their place but none tops the marvel of people, in their own weird ways and often despite themselves, being pretty bloody marvellous' – Paul Dalgarno, A Country of Eternal Light
'Original, enchanting and ultimately hopeful - Tiny Uncertain Miracles is a dazzling tale that will get under your skin and into your heart, in the best way possible' – Ewa Ramsey, The Morbids