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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553384767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553384765
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Kit, Jane, and Grace are angry. Each woman succumbs to violence (Kit with a broken wine bottle, Jane with a stiletto, while Grace trashes her teenage daughter’s boyfriend’s car), and they are sent to an anger-management class led by Dr. Olivia Bayer, a clog-wearing hippie. Olivia’s impending retirement emboldens her to try nontraditional therapies, such as going hiking and adding Leah, a single mother living in a shelter with her two young children, to the group. Each of the four women fights introspection, holding on to the comfort of her anger. Of course, Olivia, with her aging cocker spaniel, Phyllis, shows them another way. For such an intense topic, the novel’s pace is leisurely, even slow in places, and excessive hint dropping about great secrets renders the revelations a little lackluster. Most of the characters are likable, but readers will find themselves rooting for even the unlikable ones. There are scenes of humor, genuine emotion, and lots and lots of tea. Fans of Radish’s earlier fiction (Hearts on a String, 2010) will enjoy talking this over with the women in their lives. --Susan Maguire

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Praise for Tuesday Night Miracles

"Radish delves into the hearts of four women in her latest novel and uncovers the feelings, insecurities and hidden hurts. Full of strong, complex characters, this story is riveting." --Romantic Times

"Reader alert: This is the kind of book you'd better commit to read if you start it, because you probably won't be able to put it down." --Huntington News

"Radish employs wry humor with a light touch here, and she includes details that are believable and tantalizingly possible. These things kept me reading and they kept me loving this novel. . . Tuesday Night Miracles is dynamite." --Washington Blade

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Not since How To Make An American Quilt by Whitney Otto have I been so interested in a group of women and their stories." --Girlfriends Book Club

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The characters take on many important issues, such as domestic violence, empty nests, family secrets, self-growth and forgiveness. The resolutions of each of their stories, including Dr. Bayer’s, are satisfying as was Tuesday Night Miracles. --Destin.com

Praise for Kris Radish
 
“Kris Radish creates characters that seek and then celebrate the discovery of . . . women’s innate power.”—The Denver Post
 
“An inspiring story for fans of Rebecca Wells and anyone with a strong woman in her or his life.”—Booklist, on Hearts on a String
 
“Radish unrolls a rollicking yet reflective read that adds to her robust repertoire of beloved fiction. . . . What’s a reader to do but relish the ride.”—BookPage, on Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA

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Radish exhibits a deep understanding of and compassion for women who opt for fight rather than flight in tough situations. She does not trivialize them, their crimes, or the painful process of recovery; she has a keen eye for the good and bad in female relationships…Will resonate for many readers.” --Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Kris Radish grew up dreaming about living a Nancy Drew-like life and always held her own passion for writing very close to her heart. A former journalist, nationally syndicated columnist, magazine writer and university instructor, Radish also loves to tell stories about the times she picked nighcrawlers, served beer to cowboys, worked on a tomato farm and hung out of the side of a fast moving helicoper.

Radish is now the bestselling author of eight novels and has captured the hearts of legions of fans with her heartwarming, real, passionate and often hilarious novels. Her stories focus on the important bonds of female friendship and celebrate the common feelings, heartaches, loves, and struggles that all women share. She loves to call her work "true fiction" because she addresses the real emotions that women live and share every day.

She is also the author of two non-fiction books, writes poetry, is the mother of two young and very feisty adults, is known for her wild laugh and wilder hair, and is working on her ninth and tenth novels. Radish is also co-owner of The Wine Madonna - a wine lounge in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida where she hosts book groups from around the country

Customer Reviews

I look forward to the next book by Kris Radish.
Cindy Lee Simon
This was so good, so deep with all the emotions and the life experiences of four very different and yet alike women.
Donna D. Drickey
Well written with good character developement along with a fascinating story.
Anne Orr

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ann Hite on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Choosing Tuesday Night Miracles and settling in for a serious read is like taking a long, brisk walk on a crisp, cold day. This novel revived me and pulled me into the lives of characters with problems many of us can relate to. Not since How To Make An American Quilt by Whitney Otto have I been so interested in a group of women and their stories.

This is a novel about anger and the miracle of empowerment after finding one's true voice. There is a fine line between anger and bad choices, and all of Radish's characters cross it.

Dr. Olivia Bayer is a therapist closing in on retirement without truly taking a risk in her profession. With secrets of her own, she steps out in her free-spirited way and takes the lives of four women into her hands.

--Jane is young, beautiful, trendy, and washed up as a top real estate sales professional in Chicago. Her career has been ruined by the economy, but she is married to an engineer whose continued success causes her plenty of angst and envy. Because she has allowed her life to be defined by both her mother's unrealistic standards and perfectionist traits, she has no substance or depth and holds people at arm's length. Her friends fall to the wayside. One morning, as she gets ready to close the deal that will save her career, she directs years of pent-up self-loathing at an unsuspecting victim.

--Kit, in her fifties, takes care of her dying mother and one night she snaps in a fit of overwhelming anger. She comes from a traditional Italian family, where the men are the bosses and the women lack a voice. Kit's husband works double shifts and is never home. Her grown daughter has fled the family and never calls. Once in her life she had friends, a good job, and some happiness. She's forgotten what her dreams were.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By libralover on March 4, 2012
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Kris Radish knows women. She knows how we think, how we love and hate and laugh and cry and bond. And she knows how to keep us turning pages even when we have work to do, people and things to take care of, and other things piling up for us to read. The women in Tuesday Night Miracles are genuine and diverse, brought together in surprising ways with often (but not always) surprising results. I recommend this book for women of any age and for the men who love them and are trying to understand them. I always wait for Kris's next book, and I'm never disappointed. Thanks for another eye-opener, Kris!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. on May 29, 2012
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TUESDAY NIGHT MIRACLES is a haunting, compelling novel that takes the reader on an emotional journey with four different women as they rediscover themselves along with what makes them unique. Dr. Bayer, a bohemian style psychologist, helps them out of their funk. They begin to think of Olivia as a miracle worker as their Tuesday meetings progress. Surprisingly, Olivia learns things about herself in the process too. Her cute dog Phyllis stars in many of her conversations with herself, surprisingly helping Olivia along the way. Relationships bloom, friendships form and the anger is dealt with in ways that they never imagined. This is a moving tale of choices made and chances redeemed. This story is for anyone who has ever lost their temper in a fit of rage and how to deal with the consequences afterwards. Author Kris Radish exquisitely portrays a poignant look into the hearts and minds of troubled women and the problems each have faced in their lives. I am amazed how Ms. Radish displays such a profound understanding of human nature. She expertly portrays flaws in each of her characters by revealing their emotions as sometimes tragic, at times comic, and often simultaneously. I was overwhelmed at many points during the story and brought to tears with each of the ladies' circumstances. Ms. Radish did a brilliant job of writing with emotion and touched my heart in ways indescribable. I have already promised my book to a friend who can't wait to read it after I told her about it. TUESDAY NIGHT MIRACLES is heartrending, sharply introspective and thought provoking. A very rare find! I absolutely loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine on June 30, 2012
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I've never read Kris Radish's work before - this was the first one. I was drawn in from the first page. While some of the excercises that Dr. B assigns to the four women seem a bit unusual and the session locations are most unique, it's really a story of women that are getting their control back. While their stories might seem a bit over the top, it's a reminder to all of us that life's stresses can cause anyone to snap. Take the time to learn more about Dr. Olivia Bayer, Jane, Grace, Kit, and Leah - and, of course, Phyllis, Dr. B's dog - who added a whimsical element to an otherwise serious read. Well worth the time for this one and I plan to read Ms. Radish's other books as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Ruzich on June 15, 2012
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Had to read the first 4 chapters twice then figured out what was going....then I couldn't put it down.
A bit confusing at the start because there is no flow and you can't figure out what is happening from
chapter 1 to 2 to 3 to 4....but it becomes obvious in chapter 5 or be re-reading like I chose to do.
This was a book club pick that I was "forced" to purchase and read....I am happy it was chosen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LindaSC on February 23, 2012
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I have always loved Kris Radish since my eldest daughter gave me a couple of her books a few years back. I devoured them and have since been buying used copies and passing them on to girlfriends.
Love the book and KR keep up the fantastic work.
To be honest I haven't yet finished the book but so far have not been disappointed I'm half way through.
I recommend Kris Radish and all of her books to all women, she is an amazing writer.
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