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Proof of Heaven
by Mary Curran Hackett


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" Proof of Heaven belongs on any keeper shelf. It's beautifully written, mesmerizing and tragic, thought-provoking, and a reaffirmation of faith....I loved this book."
--Shelley Shepard Gray

Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett is an astonishing debut--a moving, inspiring, and wise first novel that explores beautifully the meaning of family, faith, and love.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Proof of Heaven belongs on any keeper shelf. It's beautifully written, mesmerizing and tragic, thought-provoking, and a reaffirmation of faith....I loved this book."
--Shelley Shepard Gray

Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett is an astonishing debut--a moving, inspiring, and wise first novel that explores beautifully the meaning of family, faith, and love. The story of a mother's unshakable belief, a child's bravery, and a doctor's dedication to healing, this is extraordinarily compelling contemporary fiction certain to appeal to fans of the acclaimed works of Alice McDermott, Mary Karr, Ann Lamott, and Jodi Picoult; to readers who made the inspirational novel The Shack a phenomenal success; and to all of us with questions of life, death, God, and the afterlife at the forefront of our minds.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062079985
  • ISBN-10: 0062079980
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company
  • Publish Date: November 2011
  • Page Count: 297
  • Dimensions: 7.98 x 5.29 x 0.81 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-09-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the center of Curran’s first novel is Colm Magee. Abandoned by his father before birth, much loved by Cathleen, his mother, Colm has a condition that eludes diagnosis: his heart stops beating without warning, and resuscitation is increasingly difficult. Medical science provides no answers until they come across Dr. Basu, who has lost a son of his own and who makes an immediate connection to Colm and Cathleen both. Dr. Basu pinpoints the diagnosis, one that provides no hope or treatment, and so Cathleen digs ever deeper into her religious convictions. But Colm, by the age of seven, has rejected the idea of God and heaven, a fact he doesn’t want to share with his mother. In Dr. Basu he finds a mind more like his own, though initially his mother’s not too sure. In Cathleen, Dr. Basu sees an example of “grief never ceasing to transform,” and indeed the focus on her struggle to reconcile faith and loss both overwhelms and undercuts an otherwise interesting premise that the author took from her own life. (Nov.)

 
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