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Before I Wake

(2006)
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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. 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--in her coma-like state--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, and what he must do to free himself.

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 close to 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.


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Praise for this book

"I wept over this book as I read it, and I'm still haunted by it . . . disturbingly powerful." - Gail Anderson-Dargatz

"A stunning debut . . .original, thought-provoking, and downright wonderful." - Michael Connelly

"Through a tale that is both intimate and profound, Robert J. Wiersema reminds us there is magic in truth, and truth in the fantastic. An edge-of-your-seat debut that is never faint of heart." - Ami McKay

"Before I Wake provocatively dances along the lines between faith and science, life and death." - Andrew Pyper


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June 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Before I Wake
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Title: Before I Wake: A Novel (Reading Group Gold)
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Title: Before I Wake
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