Before I Wake

Before I Wake

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Baker & Taylor
Critically injured in a hit-and-run accident, three-year-old Sherry, the only child of Simon and Karen Barrett, is left in a coma-like state but develops miraculous healing powers, while Harry Denton, the guilt-ridden driver of the truck who hit her, attempts suicide, only to find himself trapped in dark place, caught between this world and the next. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
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.
"A stunning debut . . .original, thought-provoking, and downright wonderful."
-Michael Connelly, New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Closers and Echo Park

"I wept over this book as I read it, and I'm still haunted by it . . . disturbingly powerful."
-Gail Anderson-Dargatz, author of A Recipe for Bees

"A literary supernatural thriller that grips the reader in a chokehold and doesn't let go until the very last line. . . . It never shies away or backs down from its questioning of faith, theology, morality and mystery. . . a unique, spellbinding, and ultimately uplifting gem."
-- The Globe and Mail

"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, author of The Birth House

"A wonder to behold. A deft fusion of intimate family story, suspense and religious exploration. One of those books you just don't put down until you've read to the last page. . . Magnificent."
--The Edmonton Journal

"Deceptively easy to read because it is so well written and so emotionally engaging. It will haunt you long after you've lent it to a friend. And lend it you will, because it is just too good not to share."
--National Post

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

"Engrossing and carefully plotted . . . Wiersema's compassion and sympathy for his characters are genuine. . . he tells a cracking good tale."
--Quill & Quire


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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.
 
"A stunning debut . . .original, thought-provoking, and downright wonderful."
–Michael Connelly, New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Closers and Echo Park
 
“I wept over this book as I read it, and I'm still haunted by it . . . disturbingly powerful.”
-Gail Anderson-Dargatz, author of A Recipe for Bees
 
“A literary supernatural thriller that grips the reader in a chokehold and doesn’t let go until the very last line. . . . It never shies away or backs down from its questioning of faith, theology, morality and mystery. . . a unique, spellbinding, and ultimately uplifting gem.”
-- The Globe and Mail
 
“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, author of The Birth House
 
"A wonder to behold. A deft fusion of intimate family story, suspense and religious exploration. One of those books you just don't put down until you've read to the last page. . . Magnificent.”
--The Edmonton Journal
 
"Deceptively easy to read because it is so well written and so emotionally engaging. It will haunt you long after you've lent it to a friend. And lend it you will, because it is just too good not to share."
--National Post
 
Before I Wake provocatively dances along the lines between faith and science, life and death."
--Andrew Pyper, author of Lost Girls
 
“Engrossing and carefully plotted . . . Wiersema’s compassion and sympathy for his characters are genuine. . . he tells a cracking good tale.”
--Quill & Quire
 


Blackwell North Amer
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' 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 that hit Sherry 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 spreads, 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 two thousand years, and one that might yet claim the lives of Sherry and her family.

Baker
& Taylor

Following a hit-and-run accident, three-year-old Sherry is left in a coma-like state but develops miraculous healing powers, while Harry Denton, the driver who hit her, attempts suicide, only to find himself trapped in dark place, caught between this world and the next.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312363185
0312363184
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 22 cm

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ronston63
Aug 26, 2014

Good story.

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nicolenozick
Jul 15, 2013

think it was about a young girl. started off great. then got silly. gave up on it.

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vwruleschick
Mar 31, 2011

Reading this book, I did not expect it but enjoyed it, however some ideas were reaching for myself. Interesting characters and situations and enjoyed the points of view that the stories are told. Pushing boundaries in some areas.

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gailygirl
Sep 15, 2007

A good story, reasonably well-written, but I'm sorry to say that for me - I wondered why this was on the list. Sorry Mr. Wiersema - but there are a lot of wonderful Canadian fiction writers out there. Perhaps your second novel might capture me better!

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