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There Will Be No Miracles Here

In this memoir, Casey Gerald looks at his own experience coming-of-age in the new millennium and his achievement of the American dream as a religious, gay black man.

Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald's story begins at the end of the world: Dallas, New Year's Eve 1999, when he gathers with the congregation of his grandfather's black evangelical church to see which of them will be carried off. His beautiful, fragile mother disappears frequently and mysteriously; for a brief idyll, he and his sister live like Boxcar Children on her disability cheques. When Casey — following in the footsteps of his father, a gridiron legend who literally broke his back for the team — is recruited to play football at Yale, he enters a world he's never dreamed of, the anteroom to secret societies and success on Wall Street, in Washington and beyond. But even as he attains the inner sanctums of power, Casey sees how the world crushes those who live at its margins. He sees how the elite perpetuate the salvation stories that keep others from rising. And he sees, most painfully, how his own ascension is part of the scheme.

There Will Be No Miracles Here has the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale, but it stands the American Dream narrative on its head. If to live as we are is destroying us, it asks, what would it mean to truly live? Intense, incantatory, shot through with sly humour and quiet fury, There Will Be No Miracles Here inspires us to question — even shatter — and reimagine our most cherished myths. (From Riverhead Books)

There Will Be No Miracles Here is available in October 2018.

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