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GENTLE DO NOT GO GENTLE: MY SEARCH FOR MIRACLES IN A CYNICAL TIME

When my father was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1996, I traveled to Chimayo, New Mexico to get him the dirt there that some people believe has miraculous healing powers. His tumor did disappear. But he died seven months later from complications of chemotherapy that his doctor suggested he receive despite our miracle. I wrote about this experience in an essay for Doubletake magazine. That essay went on to win a Pushcart Prize, and my editor at Picador urged me to turn it into a book.

The book tells the story of my search for a miracle cure for my dad, and it also explores miracle sites around the world while telling the story of my family and their immigration to America from Italy. It is really, to me, a book about my boundless love for my father and my family. I think that's a miracle of sorts too.