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The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

A Novel

Brady Udall


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/23/2017)
Digital Audiobook (2/4/2010)
Hardcover (6/17/2001)


"An ingenious tale [that] takes its heart from Dickens and its soul from America’s great outlaw West." —Elle

Half Apache and mostly orphaned, Edgar Presley Mint’s trials begin on an Arizona reservation at the age of seven, when the mailman’s jeep accidentally runs over his head. As he is shunted from the hospital to a school for delinquents to a Mormon foster family, comedy, pain, and trouble accompany Edgar through a string of larger-than-life experiences. Through it all, readers will root for this irresistible innocent who never truly loses heart and whose quest for the mailman leads him to an unexpected home.

Praise For The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint: A Novel

Rambling and generous…it reads at times like a John Irving novel touched up by Roy Blount Jr.…Sweet, sad, and refreshing.
— New York Times Book Review

[Edgar’s] soul is as spotless as John Wayne’s .45, and so is Udall’s sharp and rangy prose. His similes sting, his sentences go bang, and his chapters roll like the wagon wheels across the harsh Mormon desert of right and wrong.
— GQ

Extraordinary…There are pages that are just fall-down funny…It’s like nothing else you’ve ever read.
— Newsweek

Vibrant, big-hearted…A poignant, picaresque odyssey.
— Chicago Tribune

A marvelous first novel…An adept mix of humor and pathos.
— Los Angeles Times

Profound and stirring…brilliantly executed.
— Wall Street Journal

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393341645, 432pp.

Publication Date: July 9, 2012

About the Author

Brady Udall is the author of New York Times bestseller The Lonely Polygamist, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, and Letting Loose the Hounds. He teaches at Boise State University and lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and children.