Before I Wake

Before I Wake

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After an unthinkable tragedy happens, an unbelievable miracle begins. . . Three-year-old Sherry is the adored only child of Simon and Karen Barrett. But when Sherry is critically injured in a hit-and-run accident, the fault lines in the Barretts's marriage begin to show. As her parents' marriage falls apart, it is discovered that Sherry has miraculous healing powers.

Meanwhile, the guilt-stricken driver of the truck attempts suicide--but is unable to die. Henry Denton instead finds himself in a place of darkness, somewhere between this world and the next, invisible to all but a group of mysterious and downtrodden men. Haunted by his shame, Henry struggles to understand this mysterious limbo.
As word of Sherry's powers spread, her parents must decide how best to shelter their daughter and help the many sick and dying who are drawn to her side. At the same time, a larger battle is brewing-- one that has been raging for two thousand years, and one that might yet claim the lives of Sherry and her family.

Robert J. Wiersema's brilliant debut novel sheds light on the inner lives of characters struggling against tragedy, who find each other and themselves in the darkness. Before I Wake reveals the power of forgiveness, and the true nature, and cost, of miracles.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2008.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
ISBN: 9780312381059
0312381050
Branch Call Number: FIC/WIERSEMA
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 21 cm.

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ronston63
Aug 26, 2014

Good story.

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nicolenozick
Jul 15, 2013

think it was about a young girl. started off great. then got silly. gave up on it.

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vwruleschick
Mar 31, 2011

Reading this book, I did not expect it but enjoyed it, however some ideas were reaching for myself. Interesting characters and situations and enjoyed the points of view that the stories are told. Pushing boundaries in some areas.

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gailygirl
Sep 15, 2007

A good story, reasonably well-written, but I'm sorry to say that for me - I wondered why this was on the list. Sorry Mr. Wiersema - but there are a lot of wonderful Canadian fiction writers out there. Perhaps your second novel might capture me better!

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