The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall

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“Profound and stirring . . . brilliantly executed.”—Wall Street Journal

“Rambling and generous . . . it reads at times like a John Irving novel touched up by Roy Blount Jr. . . . Sweet, sad, and refreshing.”—New York Times Book Review


“[Edgar’s] soul is as spotless as John Wayne’s .45, and so is Udall’s sharp and rangy prose. His similes sting, his sentences go bang, and his chapters roll like the wagon wheels across the harsh Mormon desert of right and wrong.”—GQ


“Extraordinary. . . . There are pages that are just fall-down funny. . . . It’s like nothing else you’ve ever read.”—Newsweek


“Vibrant, big-hearted. . . . A poignant, picaresque odyssey.”?—Chicago Tribune


“A marvelous first novel. . . . An adept mix of humor and pathos.”—Los Angeles Times


“An ingenious tale [that] takes its heart from Dickens and its soul from America’s great outlaw West.”—Elle
 

About Brady Udall

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Brady Udall is the author of The Lonely Polygamist, a New York Times bestseller, and Letting Loose the Hounds. He teaches at Boise State University and lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and children.
 
Published June 24, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 423 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A picaresque, coming-of-ager by Udall (stories: Letting Loose the Hounds, 1997) invokes nearly every archetype of the genre while still managing to be fresh and vigorous, and unveiling a rarely seen slice of American life in the process.

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The Guardian

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Though the book is limited to chronicling only and every encounter with potential romantic love on the part of Phoebe Fine - and though her classical-musician parents, in their minor supporting roles, are portrayed as merely well meaning if out-of-it - it is an extremely thorough, as well as witt...

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The Guardian

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The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint Brady Udall 423pp, Jonathan Cape, £10 For all the occasional unexpectedness of its prose style, plot and characterisation, the atmosphere that rises above Brady Udall's second novel is intensely familiar.

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Publishers Weekly

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When Pinkley, disguised as a Mormon missionary, seduces Lana Madsen, the wife in the Mormon family that takes Edgar in, he sets off the final catastrophe in the boy's life.

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Examiner

Edgar Mint was a long, interesting story with several captivating nuances, each with a different strange setting as the hapless unkillable half-Apache orphan makes his way forward after being abandoned by his drunken mother and having his head run over by a mailman, pursued through the turns of h...

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Entertainment Weekly

Thus begins The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, Brady Udall's wonderfully uproarious novel about a half-Apache kid whose past is forgotten and whose future looks dim.

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Austin Chronicle

Later, Edgar realizes that his purpose in life is to hunt down the mailman -- it doesn't deter someone like Edgar that he doesn't even know the mailman's name -- and inform him that he didn't die.

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