"Here Comes the Miracle"
Martin Beecher, Anna, Creative Writing - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Here Comes the Miracle is a novel. This is the version presented as an MFA thesis in 2019. It has subsequently been edited prior to publication.
It begins with a miracle: a baby born too small and too early, but defiantly alive. This is Joe.
Decades before, another miracle. In a patch of nettle-infested wilderness, a seventeen year old boy falls in love with his best friend, Jack. This is Edward.
Joe gains a sister, Emily. From the outset, her life is framed by his. She watches him grow into a young man who plays the violin magnificently and longs for a boyfriend. A young man who is ready to begin.
Edward, after being separated from Jack, builds a life with Eleanor. They start a family and he finds himself a grandfather to Joe and Emily.
When Joe is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Emily and the rest of the family are left waiting for a miracle. A miracle that won't come.
Here Comes the Miracle is a story about love and loss; and about the beautiful and violent randomness of life.
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
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