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The crowds keep coming. It seems more and more come every day, drawn by rumor, whisper, and desperate wish. Somehow they heard about the little girl on Shaker Street. They come to see eight-year-old Anabelle Vincent, who lies in a coma-like state—unable to move or speak. They come because a visitor experienced what seemed like a miracle and believed it was because of Anabelle. Word spread. There were more visitors, more miracles. But is there a connection? And does it matter?

Set against the backdrop of the approaching millennium—with all its buzz about reckoning and doom—this story is told by Anabelle herself; by her devoted mother, who cares for her child while struggling to make sense of the media frenzy surrounding her; by Anabelle’s estranged father, who is dealing with the guilt of his actions; and by the people who come seeking the child’s help, her guidance, and her healing. Yet it tells a larger cultural story about the human yearning for the miraculous to be true, about how becoming a believer—in something, anything, even if you don’t understand it—can sustain you.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Andrew Roe’s novel struggles to contain the breadth of the author’s talent. There is a precision and purpose in each sentence. The characters are steeped in complexity. These are people we all know, struggling with both the familiar and the magnificent. A stunning and captivating debut.”

    Jason Mott, New York Times bestselling author of The Returned

  • “An incisive and insightful critique of America at the millennium and today, investigating where we put our faith and why…This is a novel about what it means to be human, to seek connection and hope and maybe even transcendence in the world around us.”

    Doug Dorst, New York Times bestselling co-author of S

  • “Personal tragedy meets the tragedy of our time in Roe’s winning debut novel…Roe’s story, with its careful unfolding, looks behind the psychology of the ‘victim soul’ to examine why it is that needful people crave miracles in the first place…Though an old question, Roe’s story feels just right for our desperate and despairing time, when a miracle—any miracle—will do, and when Anabelle may have been better off, after all, not to know what was going on on this side of the curtain…Lively, pitch perfect, and assured. Readers will be wanting to hear more from this writer.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The story unfolds through several perspectives, including those of Karen and John, the neighbors across the street, the author of the online newsletter The Smiling Skeptic, a physical therapist, a retiree whose wife has lung cancer, a Catholic priest, and even Anabelle herself. Roe’s exploration of the need for belief makes for a strong debut.”


  • “To believe or not to believe—that is the question facing all who are touched by the comatose ‘miracle girl’ at the swirling center of Andrew Roe’s dazzling debut. But more than an exploration of the mysteries of faith, it’s also the unforgettable story of one family’s struggle against tragedy. The result is an uplifting miracle of a book.”

    Will Allison, author of Long Drive Home

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About the Author

Andrew Roe is the author of The Miracle Girl. His fiction has been published in Tin House, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, and other publications. His nonfiction has been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, and elsewhere.