Miracle Girls

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When Cee-Cee closes her eyes, she can suddenly see all the missing girls in the Mohawk Valley. It's part of the message: they are buried in wheat fields and stashed behind train tracks, or sprawled at the bottom of the canal. Could have been you, one dead girl says, smart-mouthed. But instead it was me! A live one tied up somewhere in a basement cocks her head: But, guess what—you're next!
Cee-Cee tries to focus, but a terrible headache rises from the back of her neck, as if someone has struck her there. She should take her medicine, but Mrs. Patrick took away the pink bottles. In the thicket overhead, the branches are picked clean as bones, no longer swaying. Now she steps back until her heels butt up against the fat oak tree.
In the woods, everything is silent. Even the trees stand still.
It's 1973 in the Mohawk Valley, and children are disappearing. Cee-Cee Bianco is visited by the Virgin Mary, but her brothers see a much darker vision. When the youngest Bianco falls into a coma after witnessing a brutal crime in the woods and Cee-Cee performs a miracle, she is guarded by war-protesting Sisters whose order is not the benign sanctuary it seems.
MB Caschetta is the author of Lucy on the West Coast (Alyson), which Ms. Magazine called "a spectacular collection." Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Body & Soul. She lives in Massachusetts.
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ISBN-13: 9781938126154
ISBN-10: 1938126157
Pagini: 247
Dimensiuni: 132 x 201 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.3 kg
Editura: Engine Books


“Darkly beautiful, Girls examines how forgiveness and wisdom take hold in the most unexpected places.” —People

“A mesmerizing first novel.” —Huffington Post

Winner of the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY), Gold Medal in Religious Fiction

Winner of the Spiritual Book Category for the 2015 Amsterdam Book Festival

Winner of the Spiritual Book Category for the 2015 Paris Book Festival

Winner of the Spiritual Book Category for the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival

Finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Fiction

Finalist for an IndieFAB Book of the Year in LGBT and Religious Book Categories

"In upstate New York, young girls go missing, nuns are revolting, Nixon is resigning, and young Cee-Cee Bianco has visions of the Virgin Mary in this polished debut novel...Caschetta’s first novel is filled with a kind of dark poetry and the menace of ordinary evils."
Kirkus Reviews

“Compulsively readable." —Lambda Literary Review

"A stunning debut novel about an unforgettable dysfunctional family and faith." —Largehearted Boy

“This debut sparkles; Miracle Girls is that rarest thing: a literary miracle. MB Caschetta will break your heart and mend it all at once.”
—Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and Half a Life

“It’s not every day the Virgin Mary makes an appearance in a novel. And how fitting that MB Caschetta invites her into a story where a grandmother provides safety and thousands of prayers; where law-breaking nuns save desperate girls; where life hurts and is full of grace; a world where miracles happen. MB doesn’t flinch from writing painful truths nor does she flinch from lifting her characters up and us along with them. Miracle Girls is a wonderful book I will give to friends.”
—Beverly Donofrio, author of Riding in Cars With Boys, Looking for Mary, and Astonished

“What MB Caschetta’s novel brilliantly proposes is an underground railroad for girls. It feels like one of those girls grew up and wrote Miracle Girls. I loved reading it and rooting for CeeCee as she struggles to survive her own family and her saintly little girl voyage with the aid of intergenerational healing, and the vintage magic of radical nuns and priests from a time when they worked for peace and helped the lost girls of the world find home.”
—Eileen Myles, author of Inferno: A Poet's Novel and Snowflake

“A wondrous and exhilarating novel. The Bianco family is unforgettable in all its catastrophic dysfunction but also in the capacity of some of its most broken members to fight their way toward salvation. Miracle Girls is an unflinching, fantastical and unexpectedly healing act of the imagination. You won't have read anything quite like it, and you're not likely soon to forget it either.”
—Paul Russell, author of Immaculate Blue and The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

“Has ten year old Cee Cee Bianco just worked a miracle? Are her visions divine or or only the half-baked imaginings of a silly girl? Cee-Cee’s mother has abandoned the family; her brother lies in a coma. Alone, she must pick her way through a wasteland of adult foolishness, but the intuitive wisdom that guides her seems an earthly miracle. Caschetta’s vivid, thoughtful novel leaps, skips and soars along the boundary between faith and superstition, turning every expectation on its head.”
—Heidi Jon Schmidt, author of The Harbormaster’s Daughter

Miracle Girls is a wondrous book in which gritty reality alternates with ecstatic visions, cruelty is leavened by grace, and the treachery of families and is redeemed by the kindness of strangers. MB Cashetta conjures an era, a place and her characters unforgettably. An accomplished and exceptional debut novel.”
—Ralph Sassone, author of The Intimates

Notă biografică

MB Caschetta is a recipient of the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, the W.K. Rose Fellowship for Emerging Artists, and the Seattle Review Fiction Prize. Her stories have appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Mississippi Review, Del Sol Review, and Red Rock Review, among many others. She is the author of Lucy on the West Coast (Alyson 1997), a book of short stories, which Ms. Magazine called "a spectacular collection...a sensitive and telling portrait of contemporary American Life...." Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Body & Soul Magazine, and various print anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts.