Stories from the space where the rational and irrational intersect

Each day leading up to the April 14 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2012 Novel & Short Story Finalist:

The Law of Miracles and Other Stories
Gregory Blake Smith

University of Massachusetts Press

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The Law of Miracles

is a collection of short stories in which characters navigate between the everyday and the extraordinary. While settings range from St. Petersburg to Venice to rural Indiana, and the characters are nearly as varied, there lies in each tale the suspicion that the transcendent lies just at the edge of perception.

An excerpt from The Law of Miracles:

When the tree fell on my house, I was already on my way down. Wife gone, son gone, middle age just around the corner. There had been no hurricane, no stiff in-line winds: the tree just fell over – plunk! The rafters snapped, the window imploded, and there I was lying in bed going eenie-meenie-minie-moe as to whether it should be Seconal and scotch or a razor in the bathtub.


Gregory Blake Smith is the Lloyd P. Johnson-Norwest Professor of English and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College. This is his fourth book.


“These are short stories only in terms of physical length. The worlds Smith creates have an incredible depth to them.”
– Minnesota Book Awards judge

“A short story collection for people who don’t normally gravitate to this sort of reading.”
– Minnesota Book Awards judge

“As marvelously varied as these stories are in terms of premise, narration, and setting, they all exhibit the same powerful sense of authenticity, creative exuberance, careful observation, and moral engagement. The Law of Miracles is my favorite kind of book, both conceptual and urgent.”
– Chris Bachelder, author of Abbott Awaits and Bear v. Shark.


Award winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Saint Paul Riverfront. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. New this year: a post-awards “Epilogue Celebration.” Online sales have ended, but tickets may be available by calling 651-222-3242. Click here for more information.

Have you read The Law of Miracles? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

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