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House of Miracles is about love—the romantic love of days gone by, first love, unrequited love, and the fragile intimacies of a couple living in the last part of the twentieth century.

In these delightful, at times unsettling stories, we meet two very different women: baby boomer Janet MacDonald, who, despite a blossoming career in San Francisco, feels sure that she is
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ebook, 218 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Blue Circle Press
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Sheela Word
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful collection of short stories, set in the Bay area, that adds up to even more than the sum of its parts. Each story is so satisfying that I didn't realize until I was at least a third of the way through that the same characters (not just characters with the same names) recur across stories. The principal protagonists are a woman who emigrated to the U.S. from Nazi Germany, and a contemporary young woman who survived an abusive childhood. This sounds grim, but it's not. The tone is hopefu ...more
Kelly
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
House of Miracles proclaims itself to be “a collection of interrelated stories about love.” And it is. But it’s also much more than that. This is a collection of vignettes that, when combined, give piercing insight into the lives of multiple characters. And it is softly, quietly, mightily beautiful.

This book reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Love Actually, with its eclectic, interrelated ensemble cast. In this case, though, time changes as well as point of view, and the narra
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Kendal
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I found House of Miracles a nice set of stories about two very different women; one starting her life and the other at the end of hers. Most of the stories tend to be a little depressing and it’s hard to find the romantic aspect to the book.

Janet is a very broken character and you don’t really understand how broken she is until you are well into the book. She seems so lost to me and I’m not sure if she found anything. Her relationship with Jack lacked any real passion whether that was due to he
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Kimberly
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book but I occasionally had trouble following what was happening as the viewpoint moved between characters, places, and times. Despite the confusion it was an effective way to tell the interrelated stories of the characters.

The two main characters are Janet MacDonald, a young woman coming to grips with her past while trying to decide what to do about her future with her boyfriend and Mrs. Von Meurs, a older woman at the end of her life. Mrs. Von Meurs fascinating past i
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A collection of stories where characters hop in and out, but there are a few that are the main. Janet and her off and on boyfriend Jack were my favorite of the main characters and whenever they were the focal point, I loved it. I was able to follow their story and the ups and downs and enjoyed the real quality of their relationship.

With moments of confusion, I would warn future readers to really sit down with this one and maybe take some notes on the characters. There were a few chap
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Marilyn Stanley
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads.

I enjoyed the short stories about the two main characters although at times it was confusing and a little unsettling - easy to pick up and put down - not spellbinding.
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Ulrica Hume is the author of An Uncertain Age, a “wickedly sophisticated” spiritual mystery novel, which was longlisted for a Northern California Book Award. Her earlier work, House of Miracles, a collection of socially relevant tales, was a finalist for the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship; the title story was selected by PEN and broadcast on NPR. She has written about tearooms, reading rooms, the seven deadly sins, ...more