The miracle of Lourdes come true in a medium-sized American city where a fourteen year-old black girl named Amy Wannamaker...

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BERNADETTE BLACK

The miracle of Lourdes come true in a medium-sized American city where a fourteen year-old black girl named Amy Wannamaker sees visions of a Muslim madonna and from time to time heals people suffering from various psychogenic disorders -- regardless of race, creed, or color. She even halts in mid-rifle as it were an attack on herself and family, egged on by a redneck father convinced that his cured autistic son is possessed by devils. Meanwhile the Church must decide whether to grant approval to this growing cult of a double-minority lady not so convinced that a woman's place is in the home. This is a serious attempt to deal with the sociological implications of sainthood, particularly a black one in white America; unfortunately it is almost totally marred by the Reader's Digest Condensed Book style of writing.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973