The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

A Novel

Brady Udall (Author)

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"An ingenious tale [that] takes its heart from Dickens and its soul from America’s great outlaw West." —Elle

Half Apache and mostly orphaned, Edgar Presley Mint’s trials begin on an Arizona reservation at the age of seven, when the mailman’s jeep accidentally runs over his head. As he is shunted from the hospital to a school for delinquents to a Mormon foster family, comedy, pain, and trouble accompany Edgar through a string of larger-than-life experiences. Through it all, readers will root for this irresistible innocent who never truly loses heart and whose quest for the mailman leads him to an unexpected home.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34164-5
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 432 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“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

“Profound and stirring…brilliantly executed.” — Wall Street Journal

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