Twenty-one-year-old Martin Kelly Minter knows what he wants: a meaningful relationship with his beautiful Puerto Rican neighbor, Luz, and a place in history as a modern-day Robin Hood. A college dropout trying to escape his middle-class childhood, Kelly works for the Miracle Moving company. Every day he wonders if the people he moves appreciate what they have. Thinking the answer is no, he steals from them, and gives food and money to people on the New York City streets. An on a cold winter day he bakes bread, hoping the heat of it outside their Spanish Harlem building will seduce Luz. Kelly tries hard to do right, but when an art dealer offers him a chance to make big-time money as a bigger-time theif, he thinks thievery is his destiny until he discovers that the world is a far more complicated place than he always believed.
Ben Schrank has been a furniture mover, a teacher, and a bike messenger. He won a Goldwater Fellowship at New York University's graduate writing program. His monthly column for Seventeen magazine, "Ben's Life," was recently optioned by Disney/Touchstone television. He lives in New York City. Miracle Man is his first book.
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Ben Schrank is my kind of writer. Hip, engaging, and without an ounce of fat on his prose.
The hero of Miracle Man, Martin Kelly Minter, is in a lot of ways a child of Holden Caulfield. A mix of world-saving seriousness, naive criminality and green-gage sensuality, the boy is bound to get sand-bagged by the grown-up world...He is fresh and vital, uttering keen, occasionally brilliant commentary as he walks haplessly towards one open manhole after another.
In this rough and tumble coming of age novel, Kelly Minter must reconcile the idealism he has been raised with and the harsh realities of street level New York City. A stylish and intriguing first novel.
I love the way Ben Schrank writes sentences: he flicks them like whips, so that they snap their tails with little cracks of truth. Schrank follows a logic that is surreal, surprising and all his own.