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The Law of Miracles: And Other Stories

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These stories take place in the space where the rational and irrational intersect—the space governed by The Law of Miracles. Writing with a remarkable range of invention, Gregory Blake Smith has created a world in which his characters navigate between the everyday and the extraordinary: an aged Russian woman who lives simultaneously in the St. Petersburg of iPods and BMWs ...more
Paperback, 163 pages
Published April 30th 2011 by University of Massachusetts Press
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Ben Siems
May 05, 2012 Ben Siems rated it liked it
There are some marvelous pieces in this book of short stories. Most of the 'Moral Problems' sketches are crafted with great intelligence and heart, and very nicely frame the situations in such ways as to prevent the reader from seeing himself or herself as virtuous and detached. We are all implicated to some degree, so the Moral Problems are indeed problems, with no hope of an easy answer.

The first full-length story, "Presently in Ruins," is thought-provoking, lyrical, and deeply moving. Genuine
Jul 13, 2016 Jean rated it really liked it
A thought-provoking, and at times daring collection of stories by the professor who got me to love Moby-Dick as a student at Carleton College. The stories lovingly toe the line between hard reality-- of the present and at specific historical moments-- and the imagined, but I wouldn't call them examples of magical realism per se. That's a good thing in my book. My only problem with the book is that I found the female characterizations generally unsatisfying, and some of the male protagonists are ...more
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Some beautiful language in this book of short stories.
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