Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday Freebie: The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe

Congratulations to Jane Rainey, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie contest: Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume.

This week’s giveaway is The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe, now out in paperback. I was delighted to have Andrew on the blog earlier this week as he told us about his “first time.” And now I’m even more pleased to offer up his novel, which has been hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “[An] assured debut . . . Overfamiliarity has diluted the significance of the word ‘miracle’--used to describe diets, cures, even sandwich spread--but Roe suggests that the miraculous is a perpetual human craving. The Miracle Girl is a hopeful meditation on the mysteries of faith.” Read on for more information about the book...

Perhaps the first miracle was that she lived. The crowds keep coming. They arrive, all with their reasons, all with their doubts and certainties and everything in between. More and more every day, drawn by rumor and whisper and desperate wish. They come to Shaker Street 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 happened because of Anabelle. Word spreads. There are more visitors, more supposed miracles, more stories on TV and the Internet. But is this the divine at work or something else?

If you’d like a chance at winning The Miracle Girl, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. Please include your mailing address in the body of the e-mail. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on March 10, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on March 11.  If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

Want to double your odds of winning?  Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter. Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying “I’ve shared” and I’ll put your name in the hat twice.

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