The Wonder of All Things
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On the heels of his critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling debut novel, The Returned, Jason Mott delivers a spellbinding tale of love and sacrifice
On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear.
Ava has an unusual gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. Now the whole world knows, and suddenly people from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to catch a glimpse of The Miracle Child. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she soon finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most.
Elegantly written, deeply intimate and emotionally astute, The Wonder of All Things is an unforgettable story and a poignant reminder of life's extraordinary gifts.
mind before Brenda said it. “Everything that’s going on with her,” Brenda continued. “It’s enough. She’s already done the impossible for Wash once. And she’s still not fixed, not really. I know you see it as well as I do.” Finally, she let go of Macon’s hands. “Wash will be okay,” she said. “The doctors will do what they do and they’ll make him better. Your daughter can’t save the whole world. Promise me you won’t make her try.” “It’ll be okay,” was all that Macon said. He made no
before with Ava and all of the attention they were getting, they were worse now. As he drove through the town, he found the streets of Stone Temple lined with people, all of them with their eyes on his car once they saw that it was Wash inside. They knew that, more than likely, he was going to see Ava. When Tom stopped at an intersection, one man—a young man with a heavy, thick beard swaddling his face—raced over and knocked on Tom’s window and offered Tom a thousand dollars if he would
knowing what she knew about him, knowing that he was sick and that he did not know it. “It’ll be okay,” Macon whispered, and there was a hint of fear in his voice. He gently tugged Ava forward. She didn’t realize that she had stopped walking and was fixated on Wash. “There she is, brothers and sisters,” Reverend Brown said. His voice boomed through the speakers. It shook with the words and his face was, all at once, an expression of pain and sadness and wonder and hope. “Come forth,
sixth error that he decided he’d had enough. “It’s time to stop this,” was all he said. And, from that point forward, he limited the doctors’ access to his daughter and he told them, in no uncertain terms, that he would be taking her home. Today was the day he would bring her home. And the entire world seemed to be watching. He had always been a private man, and nothing that was happening in his life right now sat well with him. The earth was falling away beneath his feet. “Never would
started crying—and why wouldn’t he?” The man smiled again. “After all, he wasn’t in Kansas anymore. But they settled him down. Then they found an English-speaking official and, well...” He shrugged his shoulders beneath his dark suit, indicating the insignificance of the rest of the story. Then he added, “It’s happening like this all over.” He paused again. He watched with a smile that was not disingenuous as Lucille fawned over the son who was suddenly no longer dead. She clutched him to