September 2013 Book Pick – Miracles of Ordinary Men by Amanda Leduc

MiraclesThe goodreads description:
This is the story of two unlikely dreamers: Sam, a man who wakes up one day to find himself growing wings, and Lilah, a woman who has lost her brother to the streets of Vancouver. Sam finds himself falling away from the world as he grows feathers from his back, while Lilah makes her own subtle and terrifying transformation as she seeks sexual penance under the harsh hand of her boss. Sam and Lilah fall deeper into their separate spiritual paths, and the two hurtle closer and closer to a dark, unknown destiny, one that changes all that they know about life and pain, love and God, and how to find light in the most unforeseen places. Re-examining the traditional roles of priest and prophet, damned and divine, and creating something monstrous and exquisite, this well-crafted novel investigates the so-called truths behind religion and explores the intersection of pleasure and pain

Our book pick for September is The Miracles of Ordinary Men by Amanda Leduc. While we were thinking about which books to cover this fall, we came across the list of Canadian Couldn’t Put it Down books put out by reviewers and editors over at 49th Shelf. According to Evan Munday, Leduc’s book is kind of a life changer.

I (Tania) was intrigued by Munday’s review, as he declares that the subject of this book would not normally be his cup of tea, but that the sheer skill of the author won him over. He writes, “If you told me last year one of my favourite books of the year would delve into themes of religious faith and sexual submission, I wouldn’t have believed you. But writing this good can overcome one’s innate biases and tastes.” I too am not entirely tempted by the sujbect matter, but I am always one to look for authors of this caliber. I wanted to check it out and, as per usual, Kirt and I were on exactly the same page (pun intended…pun always intended).

I’m about half-way through the book at this point, and I have to admit that for the first time in ages, I really have no idea where this book will take me (in a good way) and that I’m enjoying the ride, though I can’t quite explain why, yet. Find out if myself and Kirtles enjoy the final destination as we discuss it on Monday, October 14th! You can listen here or subscribe to us on itunes.

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