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The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint


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If I could tell you only one thing about my life it would be this: when I was seven years old the mailman ran over my head. As formative events go, nothing else comes close.

With these words Edgar Mint, half-Apache and mostly orphaned, makes his unshakable claim on our attention. In the course of Brady Udall's high-spirited, inexhaustibly inventive novel, Edgar survives not just this bizarre accident, but a hellish boarding school for Native American orphans, a well-meaning but wildly dysfunctional Mormon foster-family, and the loss of most of the illusions that are supposed to make life bearable.

What persists is Edgar's innate goodness, his belief in the redeeming power of language, and his determination to find and forgive the man who almost killed him. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint is a miracle of storytelling, bursting with heartache and hilarity and inhabited by characters as outsized as the landscape of the American West.


"Be prepared to fall head over heels for Edgar Mint...a charming and delightful narrator you can?t help but cheer on through the end." The Oregonian


"Vibrant, big-hearted...A poignant, picaresque odyssey." Chicago Tribune


"Profound and stirring...brilliantly executed." The Wall Street Journal


"Extraordinary...Fall-down funny...It?s like nothing else you?ve ever read." Newsweek

About the Author

Brady Udall is the author of the much-acclaimed story collection Letting Loose the Hounds, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. Born and raised in the Indian counry of northeastern Arizona, Udall now teaches fiction writing at Southern Illinois University. He lives in Carbondale with his wife and family.

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tackettfamilyky, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by tackettfamilyky)
I chose this book for my book club because I had read THE LONELY POLYGAMIST by Brady Udall and loved the author's style of writing. THE MIRACLE LIFE OF EDGAR MINT does not disappoint. A friend who had read the book warned me that the first half of the book was dark but not to give up. There are many bad things that happen to Edgar but ultimately he finds his place in the world. I believe that my book club will probably spend most of our meeting discussing Dr. Barry Pinkley, which is a character in the book unlike any other character I've ever read. I laughed out loud many times in this book and when I finished I had a huge smile on my face. I'm recommending this book to everyone I know.
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aunnie, June 16, 2009 (view all comments by aunnie)
Although the synopsis of the book makes it seem too whacky and unbelieveable, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint is fascinating, hilarious, and gut wrenching all at the same time. It is a fairly quick read and a great selection for summer.
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beatlemaniac810, August 28, 2008 (view all comments by beatlemaniac810)
excellent - a wonderful read.
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Product Details

Udall, Brady
Vintage Books
New York
Foster home care
Apache indians
Picaresque literature
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
Vintage Contemporaries
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7.98x5.20x.96 in. .71 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Be prepared to fall head over heels for Edgar Mint...a charming and delightful narrator you can?t help but cheer on through the end."
"Review" by , "Vibrant, big-hearted...A poignant, picaresque odyssey."
"Review" by , "Profound and stirring...brilliantly executed."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary...Fall-down funny...It?s like nothing else you?ve ever read."
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