But it’s not coming from Mary, as she’s quickly dubbed. She seems to have taken a vow of silence. So it’s up to the citizens of Bellingham to make their own miracles—or at least their own myths. The new celeb is instantly surrounded by hangers-on, miracle-seekers, paparazzi, preachers, and promoters—to hilarious effect.
But are they dealing with an angel here, or someone playing an angle? Con, in a word, or icon? And by the way, what’s up with that strange light in the sky? Could be she came off a spaceship.
Neither sacred nor profane, nor even paranormal, Campbell’s beautifully written book is at once funny and wise, a savvy story of how myths are made, how minds twist and turn around the extraordinary, how the human organism just can’t help grabbing for the supernatural, whether out of the spiritual need for a miracle or a mundane desire for cash.
Anneke Campbell was born and raised in The Netherlands. She has worked as a midwife, a nurse, a yoga teacher, a college teacher of creative writing and English literature. She has published award winning poetry and articles and scripted and produced documentaries, including the ACLU Freedom Files, as well as the drama “A Day with the Concord Writers” for WGBH in Boston. Her manual for activists with the visionary environmental lawyer Thomas Linzey came out in 2009, her anthology of women leaders with Bioneers founder Nina Simons in 2009.