Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles

Anatomy of a Miracle

A profound new novel about a paralyzed young man's unexplainable recovery--a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of lifeRendered 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...

Details Anatomy of a Miracle

TitleAnatomy of a Miracle
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherHogarth Press
GenreFiction, Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Adult Fiction, Literature, American, Family

Reviews Anatomy of a Miracle

  • Diane S ☔
    I was actually confused while reading this whether I was reading fiction or nonfiction. It is written in the style of the show, Making of a murderer, if one watched that. No murder here but rather a resurrection of sorts, as Cameron a young man who lost the use of his legs in Afghanistan, rises again in a Vietnamese store owners parking lot. We then follow this supposed miracle and all its ramifications. From the miracle seekers who appear, to th...
  • Angela M
    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 ...
  • Tammy
    The publisher is billing Anatomy of a Miracle as a *true story. It’s fiction written in a journalistic style and it is compelling. The writing is dense, full of VSD (Vivid, Specific, Detail) and it took me an unusually long time to read. Cameron returns from Afghanistan as a paraplegic and spends four sad years in a wheelchair under the care of his sister, Tanya. Miraculously, he stands up and begins to walk in front of his local convenience st...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 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 o...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (Nearly 3.5) Look closely at the cover of Miles’s third novel and you see the central drama depicted: wheelchair tracks snake up and stop three-quarters of the way from the top, where they are replaced by footprints: A paralyzed Afghanistan veteran stands up and walks in Biloxi, MS. Is it a miracle, or an explainable medical phenomenon? Miles has been sly in how he’s packaged this. On the title page he calls it a ‘True Story’, and the sty...
  • Jeanette
    As much as I love how this author puts you into the characters quickly and the place setting was also done superbly, I dislike the pace and style of his prose. It just doesn't flow to my continuity "meter" and yet it does have a purpose. He writes in a journalism non-fiction jumble of what seems to me a frenetic paced load of information. And at the same time as telling you so much, so quickly- he also hides huge areas by omission. It's as if he ...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    A little too dense for my taste in places but glad I stuck with it - ultimately offers up interesting explanation of how we make sense of the world. Full review soon on Book Nation by Jen.
  • Allison
    I have read many genres from literary fiction to memoirs, but I can't recall ever reading a book quite like this one. The publisher describes it as "A profound new novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery—a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life, " but the whole time I was reading, I couldn't decide if the account by Jonathan Miles was fact or fiction. The story moves between small town life...
  • Kate
    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, Miles presents the residents of small town America, a place still ravaged from Hurricane Katrina, as they deal with the extraordinary healing that has occurred there. From the war zones of the Middle East to the dusty shelves of a local convenience store, questions of science and faith and love...
  • Darcysmom
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.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 ye...
  • Shannon A
    A novel inspired by true events that opens with one unexplainable moment of recovery; which in turn, leads Cameron down the path of unexpected self-discovery. A true-to-life novel that will leave you wondering: which was the true miracle? One of the most compelling novels I've read in a long time.
  • Kasa Cotugno
    This rich, satisfying read comes with much to recommend it. How Cameron and Tanya, his sister, find their lives forever changed in ever increasing ways after Cameron's quadriplegia all of a sudden disappears. Several books have been issued regarding the backlash of the current wars and their effect on the American population, but by choosing Biloxi as his location, Miles opens the possibility for a large cast surrounding the central issue, and it...
  • Betsy
    This is the fictional account of Cameron Harris, who, after 4 years of being paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of a war injury,suddenly stands up and walks. Written in the style of narrative non-fiction, the book considers faith, both romantic and familial love, war, and reality television. Was this a miracle or was there a medical explanation for his recovery? Great writing and some unexpected plot twists make for a very enterta...
  • Simon Robs
    To me three star mean good like it say boom boom. This book too familiar to close too far to. SCI so individual but always universal too. Saints & Sinners ubiq. truth throughback Cartesian yayhoos aside or/and on swerve. It's a bully biz yo so's not going they know. All books who find their readers run together. ..those field lilies not knowing how they do either.
  • Teresa
    I found this book to be a compelling read for several reasons: it's a true story, the idea of a miracle - unexplainable event, and the resulting repercussions revolving around this recovery. If you grew up as I did attending Catholic schools and have ever had a nun say to you, "You are just the type who will..." - then you know the weird, uncomfortable feeling of wondering if you are going to receive some religious bolt of lightning on your head ...
  • Rhonda
    It took me only 3 days to read this remarkable story of Cameron Harris , a young Afghanistan veteran who became paraplegic as a result of a combat injury, and subsequently a few years later suddenly and inexplicably stood from his wheelchair and was able to walk again in the parking lot of the local Busy Bee store . It’s a compelling read with lots of emotion, his struggles to cope with his own past , his sense of who he is and what he feels ot...
  • Jen
    A novel told as a piece of long-form investigative journalism about Cameron Harris, Afghanistan vet, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a mine explosion during his service. The story picks up about 4 years after his injury when, apropos of nothing, he experiences some strange feelings in his body and ends up standing and walking a few steps through the parking lot of the local convenience store, where he was waiting for his sister to buy a ...
  • Lynda Eicher
    I read and re-read Jonathan Miles. Everything he writes deserves a second read. Anatomy of a Miracle is no exception. I got bogged down in the military details of Cameron's Afghanistan narrative, but knew there was a reason I was reading it. And, like Want Not, I read scenes as if this is a mystery, details that I should have seen earlier, but got too caught up in his prose. which is magnificent. I read his books as if I am studying them for a cl...
  • Bellasong
    Wow, what a great novel! Not only is the story so curious and interesting, but Jonathan Miles’ writing to go with it is something else! Super compelling, matter-of-fact, but honesty written right on the tip of the page, Miles is a fantastic writer that fit this story like a velvet glove. He probed in every direction, went to the right depths, and reveals details following the beginning of the story at every turn. His writing style questions eve...
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  • Eric
    good characters, good pacing, and a very unusal approach presenting fiction as truth. Really enjoyed it.
  • Deb
    The subtitle to this book is "The True* Story of a Paralyzed Veteran, a Mississippi Convenience Store,A Vatican Investigation and the Spectacular Perils of Grace"There are so many stories told in this one novel and they are told so beautifully. As the subtitle says this is a "true" story and is laid out as the investigative reporting of this unexplained event. Cameron is a veteran who was paralyzed in action 4 year prior. Suddenly with out any wa...
  • Jessica
    Southern Lit with that 21st century twist: A Reality ShowJonathan Miles’s stab at a fictionalized non-fiction project lands like a dart in a bullseye with Anatomy of a Miracle. The unexplained, spontaneous recovery of PFC Cameron Harris’s severed spine of has all the trappings of a true story, complete with a reality tv experience (which, by its very existence, offers truly gothic and cringeworthy developments) - but it offers so much more, t...
  • Suzanne
    This is the 3rd book from a February offering of Penguin’s First to Read program that presents fiction through a very specific art-lens. ( The other 2 were THE ITALIAN TEACHER and EXHIBIT ALEXANDRA.) Meaning, either the format, the hook or the entire underpinning of the plot is woven through with very specific references to either “Art”, art critics, or an artistic slant on the form of the novel. In ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE, the entire fictiona...
  • Susie Dodge
    Loved this! Feels like a very original take on a novel. Somehow manages to bring together the feel of wartime in Afghanistan, the trashy interior of a convenience store, the underlying sadness of a forbidden love affair in wartime, the religious history of miracles, science and medicine and the treatment of the disabled, post-Katrina Biloxi, Mississippi, the forgotten lives of veterans, the schlock of the modern reality tv series, the life of imm...
  • Sara Smith
    I received a free ARC of this book through Random First to Read.The "miracle" is so close to the start of this book that I really didn't know how the author was going to fill the next 300+ pages, but it turns, out, to be more about investigating the miracle than the miracle itself. An interesting in-depth look at what happened to Cameron. I don't want to give any spoilers, but this book was really hard to put down as it delved into all the aspect...
  • Liesl
    Although the intriguing premise is what drew me to read this book, it ended up being about much more than a paralyzed man suddenly regaining the ability to walk, for better and for worse. Miles' decision to structure the tale as nonfiction is a curious one that allows for a unique feel, but makes for a less than ideal flow especially early on and includes a large amount of superfluous detail that I resorted to skimming. The story didn't fully gra...
  • Kristin R
    Cameron Harris is a young man, confined to a wheelchair after a war injury, living a limited life in Biloxi, Mississippi. One day, he is able to stand up and walk; and the world has to decide if it's a miracle, or something else.
  • Nicole
    Wow, this novel was incredible. I love, love, loved the formatting and the depth of each and every description. Jonathan Miles is a master of detail and I look forward to hearing what inspired this novel and the characters he created.I read this ARC as a Penguin First to Read Member.