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The Miracle: A Novel

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In a pitch-perfect, deeply satisfying work of fiction selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, and recipient of the gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California, master storyteller L'Heureux enters the world of an unorthodox young priest whose faith is put to the test. Father Paul LeBlanc is young, handsome, and charismat ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 12th 2003 by Grove Press (first published October 2002)
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Jan 02, 2010 Marguerite rated it liked it
This interesting book by John L'Heureux prods the phenomenon of miracles, including the big one, resurrection, but also the more mundane variety. The experience is largely mediated through the views of two priests: young Paul LeBlanc, exiled to the boonies because of his dangerous Vatican II views, and Father Moriarty, who's waiting to die from ALS. Both men have profound questions -- and doubts -- about God, salvation and sin. That's the heart of The Miracle.

The women characters are one-dimensi
Apr 12, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book and a quick read. A story about a particular young priest with thoughts on religion/spirituality and miracles wrapped inside. I enjoyed all of the characters. It sounds patronizing to call the book sweet, but it is sweet in a non-patronizing way.
Aug 07, 2009 Marvin rated it really liked it
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A wonderful story of a young Catholic priest struggling with his vocation, looking for a miracle to confirm that God loves him, but learning to find miracles in everyday life.
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Sep 01, 2009 Terry Perrel rated it it was amazing
I love this guy. He's got it all -- character, plotting, drama and HUMOR, and I can say this about ALL of his novels. You can go wrong with JL.
Aug 21, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
an exuberant priest who believes he sees the dead return to life. A Catholic novel that forgives the fallible.
Oct 12, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writer seems to be obsessed with the word "sexy".
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Makes for great book club discussion
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John L'Heureux has served on both sides of the writing desk: as staff editor and contributing editor for The Atlantic and as the author of sixteen books of poetry and fiction. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, and have frequently been anthologized in Best American Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. His experiences as editor and write ...more
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