'The first thing I think is she's just trying to get a rise out of me. She's just floating, not a ripple in the water...it's a very convincing performance. So, just to make sure, I pick up a tennis ball and chuck it at her, not too hard, but hard enough. It hits her head and bounces into the bushes. She doesn't flinch. She just keeps floating, face down, her back to the world, the ripples of her spine in stark contrast to the stillness of the pool.' Maybe a Miracle opens on the night of Monroe Anderson's senior prom. He is uncomfortably dressed, dying for a smoke, and worried about his sexual prospects for the evening. Then he sees his 11 year-old sister, Annika, lying face-down in the family swimming pool. He breathes life back into her body, but her mind remains in a deep and mysterious coma. From this moment on, Monroe's life will be different. As family and friends rally round, hoping and praying that Annika will wake up, strange things start to happen around her...Whilst Monroe doesn't believe in miracles - let alone think his little sister can perform them - it seems others are more easily convinced.
As stories of Annika's healing powers spread, Monroe can only stand by and watch as his mother, her church and the media attempt to elevate his sweet, annoying and wonderfully ordinary sister to virtual sainthood...Monroe Anderson is an immediately endearing hero whose tragic-comic take on life will earn comparisons to the protagonists of A Prayer for Owen Meanle, Saint Maybe and The Lovely Bones. Author Brian Strause has written an inspiring, subversive, and vastly entertaining novel about family, rebellion, faith and hope.
Brian Strause is a television writer and producer. Visit www.brianstrause.com for more information.