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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (539 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Strause Narrator: Jesse Berns Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this disarming debut, Brian Strause has written a vastly entertaining novel about an American family transfixed by a series of mysterious events. From a comfortable suburb of Columbus, Ohio, emerges a story of rebellion, faith, and hope, bridging the cultural gap between those who believe in miracles and those who wish they could.

Monroe Anderson—as quiet on the outside as he is sardonic and alive on the inside—has spent most of his eighteen years trying to fly beneath the radar. If he can remain invisible, he believes, his sadistic older brother, a rising golf star, might not torment him, his workaholic father, a renowned litigator, might not notice him long enough to be disappointed, and his mother might not have to struggle so hard to find a hopeful word. The only people who glimpse the real Monroe are his girlfriend, Emily, and his eleven-year-old sister, Annika.

On the night of his senior prom, Monroe finds Annika floating facedown in the family pool. He dives in and rescues her, but not quickly enough to prevent her from slipping into a coma. As the family copes with this crisis, Monroe’s mother turns to religion, his father turns to liquor, and Monroe himself must decide what’s worth believing in, what’s worth fighting for, and, finally, who he wants to be.

By turns humorous and heartbreaking, personal and sweeping, familiar and extraordinary, Brian Strause’s mesmerizing novel takes readers on an unforgettable emotional journey into America’s heartland.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachael | 12/23/2013

    " Hilarious! Monroe's little sister, Anika, drowns and ends up in a coma. Suddenly, there are miracles all around her: the smell of roses, stigmata, people being healed. She becomes a religious attraction, which Monroe details in the book in a well-executed voice. He's the best part - a sarcastic little piss-ant. I appreciated the conclusion, with Anika coming back to conciousness to bad mouth all the ridiculous 'religious' beliefs, but that's not surprising, since I have little patience for such things myself. The way people, her parents included, used and objectified Anika while she was in the coma was disgusting, but not much of a stretch given what goes on in the real world these days. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Crystal | 11/23/2013

    " The story seemed ok, although I just couldn't get into it. What really turned me off of this book though was the amount of times "retarded" and "fag" were used as derogatory terms. The non-chalant use of these words in the form of insults is just not ok with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tiffany | 10/15/2013

    " This book is a must read for fans of other novels like Lovely Bones...a somewhat slow start but be patient the family and it's complexities will draw you in... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anissa | 10/14/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, The characters are likeable and the story line keeps you involved. But I was disappointed with the ending of this book. "

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