The Wonder of Ordinary Magic

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Bobby Weaver is a brother, an uncle, a husband, and a successful young writer who just happens to be in a coma. As he continues to work on his own unfinished novel, a murder mystery set along The Appalachian Trail, he shares his thoughts about his current situation, his family, and life in general.

Interwoven throughout the book with Bobby's irreverent voice are the viewpoints of six other characters as we move through one day in their busy lives. From a spirited four-year-old, ...

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Overview

Bobby Weaver is a brother, an uncle, a husband, and a successful young writer who just happens to be in a coma. As he continues to work on his own unfinished novel, a murder mystery set along The Appalachian Trail, he shares his thoughts about his current situation, his family, and life in general.

Interwoven throughout the book with Bobby's irreverent voice are the viewpoints of six other characters as we move through one day in their busy lives. From a spirited four-year-old, to a grieving seventy-three year old, we are introduced to the people in this young writer's life and a spare, bittersweet story unfolds with an unexpected and poignant ending.

THE WONDER OF ORDINARY MAGIC is a novel that explores the subtle ways our lives are interconnected and it takes the reader on a journey that gently reminds us that even in the darkest of days, there are moments of wonder and ordinary magic waiting to be discovered and embraced.

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Bobby Weaver is a successful writer who has been in a coma for years. In his head, he's still trying to finish his latest novel—a murder mystery about hikers on the Appalachian Trail—and all around him, his family members are going on with their own lives. Niece Chloe is facing maternal pressure to grow up and spends time bonding with grandfather Jack, who is recovering from the loss of his wife. Bobby's brother, Tom, is terrified of losing his job and his relationship with his wife, Miranda. Meanwhile, Miranda's brother is still negotiating his relationship with long-term partner Josh. While Day does a workmanlike job rendering the inner lives of her characters and weaving together the many narratives threads, her story is extremely short on plot. The use of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is completely unrelated to the rest of the story, feeling like a ploy that may alienate some readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615480398
  • Publisher: Lilli J.Day
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

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    Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite Bobby, an author

    Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite

    Bobby, an author by trade faces his greatest writing challenge to date as he struggles to pull his characters out of a dangerous and suspenseful situation. Nothing out of the ordinary for your every day author, except Bobby is anything but ordinary. Bobby is in a coma. As he writes the scintillating lines of his latest novel, the world revolves around him, unaware of what is happening in this seemingly vegetative individual. Where Bobby's medical condition has become a hopeless waiting game for his friends and family, he produces a fictional tale of intrigue that oddly mirrors his current life. The exception to the otherwise pessimistic perspective of his chances of survival is his four year old niece, Chloe, plans her days around Uncle Bobby's return to the living because of her invention of a magical magnet that will operate on his damaged brain. While the rest of the family fashion their daily schedules around hospital visits that can only lead to their last look at Bobby, they are unaware that he miraculously hears their words and sees their actions. He grows fond of his caregivers and silently offers advice and concern for all those around him.

    I found myself praying for Bobby's survival, regardless of the grim reality of his diagnosis. Lost in this detailed story, I tended to forget about the perilous condition of the main character, until the surprising ending. I actually re-read the last pages to confirm that his story had in fact come to an end. The Wonder of Ordinary Magic left me haunted by its characters for days after I finished reading it.

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