The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Half Apache and orphaned, Edgar's trials begin on an Arizona reservation at the age of seven when he is run over by the mailman's jeep, after which he is taken from the hospital to a school for delinquents to a Mormon foster family, and eventually to an unexpected home on a quest for the mailman.

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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

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Half-Apache orphan Edgar is taken from his home on an Arizona reservation after he is run over by a mailman, and goes from the hospital to a school for delinquents to a Mormon foster family before his eventual return home.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2012, c2001
ISBN: 9780393341645
Branch Call Number: FIC UDA
Characteristics: 423 p. ;,21 cm.

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CRRL_MegRaymond Aug 01, 2017

Edgar is “half Apache and mostly orphaned”. The mailman accidentally runs over his head, and Edgar’s life is changed forever.

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singasong70
Jul 24, 2017

Intense for what's shared, hard as in almost impossible to put down. Read it quickly.
Ending a little too...everything's okay now considering what he went through although hard to end anyway I would think.

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elloyd74
Jul 08, 2008

With Dickensian flair and mastery, Udall gives readers an underdog child protagonist, surrounds him with a cast of half-funny and half-tragic characters, and immerses them all in a plot full of staggering setbacks and occasional, hard-won moments of peace. When his head is crushed by a mail truck at age seven, Edgar is left for dead by his alcoholic, disinterested mother, who doesn't stick around to learn that he is later "brought back" by a shady doctor and whisked away to a hospital to recuperate...

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