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Send Me Down a Miracle

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A sleepy, God-fearing community in Alabama erupts in chaos when a flamboyant artist from New York City returns to her hometown for an artistic experiment. “A fresh voice and an enigmatic subject combine to make kids engage in an activity they probably don’t do much-contemplate.”-Booklist

272 pages, Paperback

First published April 1, 1996

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Han Nolan

12 books211 followers
Han Nolan is widely acclaimed for her evocative language, her gritty subject matter, and her ability to plumb the psyche of her characters. Her books include Dancing on the Edge, which won the National Book Award, Send Me own a Miracle, a finalist for the National Book Award, Born Blue, A Summer of Kings, and several other acclaimed novels. She and her husband live on the East Coast.

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48 reviews
May 19, 2011
I think that the girl in this story is very smart and she is very happy and intelligent to her family.
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1,720 reviews45 followers
September 3, 2022
I genuinely was bored through mist of this short novel about a girl who lives in a tiny mountain town with her preacher dad, and who befriends an eccentric artist who arrives one summer. When the artist claims she had a vision of Jesus sitting in a chair, the whole town goes apeshit and a sad widowed dad whose twin daughters are dying from sickle cell anemia throws all his hope into a miracle stemming from that chair. It doesn't turn out well. The story is slow AF, but I'll begrudgingly admit the writing is at times lovely, and the author has a Twain-like knack for realistic dialect- so 2 stars instead of one, despite me not enjoying the book at all.
1 review1 follower
May 4, 2021
I read this book at just the right time in my life, when I idolized people like Adrienne and needed a bit of a reality check. However, now that I'm an adult I want to tap the author on the shoulder and ask her to please not use the suffering of black people as a plot device in a story with a white protagonist. I read Dancing on the Edge; I know she can do better.
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93 reviews5 followers
March 29, 2018
This is really funny book! And not a thriller book. It's about a young 'artist' who came to small town and declare that she saw Jesus after fasting 1 month for inspiration. Really funny. 3 stars for this!
6 reviews
December 25, 2014
Truth be told, I was actually hesitant to read this book. These types of books often makes me feel guilty for the things I’ve never done for God. But what actually got me reading this book is the last sentence to the summary, “…and Charity is stuck in the middle, questioning her father, her religion…”
A Christian book that talks about questioning their religion, ok.
This will be definitly something new.

The book starts off with the main character, Charity, meeting Adrienne. Adrienne is a artist and Charity instantly falls in love with her ‘free and unique’ style, but her dad thinks differently. Her dad is the small town’s preacher, but is he the best preacher? She soon struggles between whether what her dad is saying and what the whole town seems to be saying. I really enjoyed the ending, it showed how something that looks so perfect and good can be sometimes be needing help from others around them.

“Send Me Down A Miracle,” was a thought provoking book yet it had a wonderful plot to go with it. I would recommend this book looking for a short read with a identity crisis type of flow to it. Technically it is not my cup of tea, but if I ever feel in the mood of a quick and good read I know where to look.
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40 reviews1 follower
July 2, 2013
Well written book. The story, characters, and setting really drew me in. I felt like I really understood what this young southerner's perspective was. The daughter of a stern, stubborn, but caring, preacher. Charity desires to be some one important in the world, but what does that mean? Leaving home? Changing who you are? That's what Charity hopes to find out. Will the answers come from God, Jesus, her father, or the New York artist who is spending the summer? Charity aims to seek her destiny, and find out how the town of Casper will always be a part of her. Well written and excellent details created a fun reading experience for me. A little zany around the climax, but a fun read nevertheless.I would recommend this book to young readers.
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145 reviews1 follower
March 23, 2014
Where is the 3 1/3 stars option? I liked the beginning, the topic, and the ending, but the book dragged in the middle. Think of Flannery O'Connor for a middle-schooler. The book is set in the deep south, and the main character lives in a small town where her father is the preacher, her mom has gone away to a birdcage collectors convention, and a former resident, Adrienne, returns to town. Charity looks up to Adrienne, an artist. When Adrienne has a vision, Charity is in the middle of a town divided between those who believe that Adrienne's vision is a sign of God, and those who think that people going to visit the chair to pray for help is idolatry. I found the ending moving, and will recommend this book to students looking for a thoughtful book centered around religion.
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127 reviews7 followers
September 25, 2012
Ide ceritanya keren, tokoh tokohnya punya konflik yang unik seperti sharale, charita dan joe si gila yang entah anaknya menderita penyakit apa.
Kursi Tuhan yang dianggap kudus oleh warga alabama itu gak ada artinya bagi adriene.
Gak ada tokoh jahat, masing masing punya kepentingan dan nasib yang bikin greget.
Mungkin persoalan berat badan sharale bukan masalah besar, tapi tentu saja kadar masalah bagi tiap orang berbeda dan anggapan pun berbeda.
Endingnya mengagetkan, karena orang orang di alabama yang notabene nya baik hati itu terpaksa melakukan tindakan tindakan jahat demi kepentingan pribadi dan nasib orang orang tercintanya.
Profile Image for Debbie.
2,162 reviews49 followers
September 21, 2009
Adrienne Dabney turns a small town upside down when she locks herself up in her house for several weeks without food or light. She emerges three weeks later, claiming to have seen a vision of Jesus.

Charity Pittman, a preacher's daughter, believes in the miracle, even though her father denounces Adrienne and her miracle. Charity learns much about life and herself as she observes the difference between saying you have faith and living like you do.

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264 reviews70 followers
June 28, 2010
Very good read - Very much infused with religion so I don't recommend it if you don't believe in God. It's about a girl named Charity who is the preacher's daughter and has always been a goody goody until Adrienne moves into town. She's very different and artistic, doesn't care what people think and Charity is drawn to her. Then Adrienne claims to have seen God in a chair in her home and it turns their town completely upside down.
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377 reviews3 followers
June 13, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Picked it up by happenstance at a used book store. Raises wonderful issues about faith -- the faith in which we are raised and the faith which we grow into. Interesting issues about power, as well. And there are moments of sheer laughter. "It was me! It's because of the okra!" A literal interpretation of the bible can be terrifying for a child... for adults, too.
7 reviews1 follower
May 28, 2008
This is a young adult novel, but is a wonderful quick read. As an artist myself I loved the off-beat artist character Nolan includes...again, the story is told from a young girl's perspective... trying to wrestle with faith, family, and loyalty. I read 2 other Nolan books after this, both were good, but I liked this one the best.
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13 reviews
August 22, 2008
I think there is something sentimental about this book.. I don't know why, I feel closed to the character eventhough our story is really not related. a little sad..
a story about little girl in little village whose mother just runaway and left her family.
the book doesnt take my breath away, but cannot be kept out of my mind either
Profile Image for Catherine.
2,004 reviews23 followers
November 19, 2015
Han Nolan portrays her characters so well. I found it interesting that the main character was named Charity. This book reminded me of the witch trials with people caught in religious fervor.

I liked the changes in the characters, but I struggled to connect with any of them. I felt like an observer instead of being emotionally vested.
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177 reviews28 followers
November 13, 2010
This book -- all the characters in it are very well-written, not caricatures. The plot doesn't take every neat turn one might expect. I liked it, I enjoyed reading it, and I finished it in a couple hours. A good, serious YA book.
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26 reviews
November 15, 2010
Another novel from a young girl's perspective.....yes, it is a YA novel, so a quick read, but I loved the kooky New York artist who experiments with living in a sensory deprivation exercise. This fascinates our heroine, but is at odds with her preacher father.
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138 reviews
July 21, 2008
Not quite has good as If I Die Before I Wake, but still a good book for readers of every age. Many good lessons to be learned in this one.
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67 reviews12 followers
July 29, 2008
At age 10, stunning. I need to read this one again.
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601 reviews109 followers
November 19, 2008
Han Nolan selalu bisa membuat pembacanya tertawa walaupun kisah yang diceritakan sebenarnya sangat tragis. Jadi tambah cinta sama pengarang yang satu ini...
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433 reviews238 followers
July 21, 2013
I do like how two main characters learned how to love and care for other people because of Charity, but would folks REALLY worship the result of someone's hallucination?

I reckon they do that.
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105 reviews
February 21, 2011
Emotions, convictions and hope can lead people to incredible conclusions. This book confirmed for me that I was created to be a mom of males...not drama-queen girls!
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27 reviews3 followers
June 17, 2010
OOOOOOOOO! From the description, this book sounds very rebellious.
5 reviews
June 25, 2012
A pretty cool book in an old country kind of way. I love how this story has many things happening because of one object. Kind of makes you wonder what will happen next and keeps you on the edge.
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