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“This is an extremely interesting story about a spiritual icon that shows up in a rundown area of a sleepy little town. I've never read anything remotely like it, and I really enjoyed how Peters created mystery throughout the story based on Nathan's character. Nathan, having an invisible dog, Chewy, becomes a suspect characters from the very beginning. As the story is told from the first person point of view, the reader must note that all the information received is coming through Nathan himself--and the fact that he can see his deceased dog ultimately forces the reader to question everything Nathan says--including what he sees in terms of Mary's spiritual icon and her healing properties. I thought this was an ingenious way to tell the story, especially as it doesn't force the reader to take a side with either the Catholic or Protestant religion. In fact, the story itself isn't really about religious sects at all, but rather Nathan's perception of events surrounding him.
Peters kept me on edge throughout the entire novel, especially as I attempted to analyze Nathan and all that he presents to the reader. I was surprised by the ending and found myself reanalyzing Nathan, especially as information concerning the icon became available, forcing me to change my opinions of him once again. This is a truly interesting look at the inner workings of human beings and I highly recommend it to all! Four stars!” Shana at A Book Vacation.
A NIGHT OWL REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW
Reviewed by: Josie
When Nathan Gray, a young boy and town outcast, sees a drunken man fall and bash his head, he's worried the drunk has died. Then, miraculously, the man's head wound heals and he gets up and leaves. It's then Nathan notices the stain on the sidewalk looks like the Virgin Mary.
When news of the splotch and it's miraculous healing powers hits the national airwaves, pilgrims flow into the town. The townspeople decide to capitalize on their newfound wealth and turn the sidewalk stain into a roadside attraction. Amazingly, the splotch does seem to cure some people. Nathan, who's befriended the town's religious leaders, is a believer, but his mother, a nurse, is skeptical.
Meanwhile, Nathan has adventures with his invisible dog Chewy and naively inserts himself into the middle of a corruption scandal that leads to murder.
I loved An Imperfect Miracle. Told from Nathan's point of view, this story was charming, funny, and a bit scary at times. The way Nathan took things at face value, yet questioned everything felt very kid-like to me. It was delightful to dwell in his head for the duration.
Also the premise of the story is both hilarious and a comment on society and religion. Add to that the emotional depth (Nathan had an abusive father and is now coping with his mother's new relationship) and it becomes a brilliant story. I'll be looking for more work from this talented author.
Dec 15, 2011 | B005895OT0