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 intellectual, even philosophical, but its exploration of ideas never comes at the expense of its characters, whose hearts and minds Smith occupies with empathy and elegance and a fundamental regard for complexity. Chekhov said a writer s job is not to solve problems but to state them correctly, and that s exactly what Smith does in this precise and deeply imagined collection. The Law of Miracles is my favorite kind of book, both conceptual and urgent. --Chris Bachelder
Nine Moral Problems structure this wonderful book; each is a vignette or short story. . . . A final moral problem, A Comic Divertissement, begins fewer than two seconds after the Big Bang. For the Creator, human struggle and longing, we learn, have been little more than a caprice, the biggest trick on us all. --Minnesota Star Tribune
About the Author
Gregory Blake Smith is the Lloyd P. Johnson-Norwest Professor of English and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and is the author of three novels: The Madonna of Las Vegas, The Devil in the Dooryard, and The Divine Comedy of John Venner, which was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review.