The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
In The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint Brady Udall writes of a world
where miracles happen and religion has the power to change people. The
title character, Edgar, has enormous physical, social, and cultural
hardships, but he maintains a natural innocence and morality that
enable him to persevere.
Through Edgar's experience in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, Udall draws an easily recognizable portrait of everyday
Mormons--people who still have struggles in spite of their belief in
Christ and membership in His Church. In this novel, the Church exists
as part of the relevant cultural setting and not as a religion that
needs explanation, justification, or additional proselyting tools.
Throughout Edgar Mint, Udall employs vivid, evocative
descriptions that conjure the visual images, sounds, smells, and moods
of the situations that make up Edgar's miracle life. Udall doesn't
shrink back from describing the horrors of Edgar's life, but he also
never takes on the tabloid and voyeuristic view prevalent in much of
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint extends the possibilities of
Mormon literature into new arenas and does so with quality
storytelling and unforgettable characters.