"Brian Strause's Maybe a Miracle starts out somewhere not far from J. D. Salinger's rye field, but it ends up in a new and strange and marvelous place where only this extraordinary first novelist could take it," observes Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Stone That the Builder Refused.
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Silver Lake, California
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1967
Place of Birth:
B.A., Grinnell College, 1990; M.F.A., The American Film Institute, 1995
Brian Strause's official web site
|Strause's Latest |
|Maybe a Miracle|
In this disarming debut, Strause has written a vastly entertaining novel about an American family transfixed by a series of mysterious events. From a comfortable suburb of Columbus, Ohio, emerges a story of rebellion, faith and hope, bridging the cultural gap between those who believe in miracles and those who wish they could.
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|A Writer's Rituals|
|"The most important thing I have on my desk (besides the computer) is a cup of coffee," Strause reveals in our interview. "I write in the morning, once the afternoon comes around the day starts enveloping me with its other demands. My desk is cluttered. It’s not like I like it that way, it just happens. We’re in a constant battle. Its most consistent occupant, though, is a jar where I keep my wisdom teeth. I don’t know why people would ever throw those away. Whatever wisdom you can get, you better hold on to it."|
|The Monkey Wrench Gang|
We asked Strause to tell us about some of his favorite books. He named The Monkey Wrench Gang, reflecting, "Revolutionary and irreverent, Abbey’s masterpiece brings the American West alive in all of its grandeur and makes a potent case for why it’s worth getting your hands dirty fighting for the environment."
|A Short History of Nearly Everything|
Strause also recommends Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. "If I’d read it in high school I probably wouldn’t have floundered through every science class I ever took," he laughs.
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