Miriam drops out of college near the end of her freshman year after failing to save another student from bodily harm. She lands a newspaper job in a small Tennessee town but discovers soon after her move that her cramps and weight loss derive from Crohn’s disease. Miriam has a lot with which to cope: her new independence, her physical deterioration, a possible boyfriend, and a boss who is more interested in scooping news than caring about those who make it. Oh, and she also has visions of angels—and her twin brother is in cahoots with Satan. The multiple plot strands, as well as Miriam’s relationship with her twin and her mission to help a young local who seems intent on avenging himself with heavy artillery, are wound together to form a credible world, featuring a flawed but admirable heroine. The story demands thought and reflection from readers about the gray area between good and evil and the real differences between faith and systematic religion, tasks made easier by smooth writing and an engaging cast of rounded characters. Grades 8-11. --Francisca Goldsmith
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About the Author
TAMMAR STEIN is the author of Light Years
, a 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and High Dive
. She lives in Florida with her family and her bilingual dog.From the Hardcover edition.