Minor Miracles: Long Ago and Once Upon a Time Back when Uncles Were Heroic, Cousins Were Clever, and Miracles Happened on Every Block

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2009 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 110 pages
In "The Miracle of Dignity", a rags-to-riches-to-rags tale, Uncle Amos is a fast-talking beggar (some say con man) who learns that dignity comes at a price above worldly wealth. "Street Magic" is a neighbourhood parable about surviving the pitfalls of being a newly arrived immigrant in New York that proves brute strength and violence is no match for good sleight-of-hand. In "The New Kid on the Block", a strange and primitive boy turns up on Dropsie Avenue, bringing with him a mysterious wave of good luck and harmony. But when he becomes a victim of the social forces of the neighbourhood, everyone's fortunes are affected. Finally, "Special Wedding Ring" is the heartbreaking tale of Reba and Marvin -- two young people forced to the fringes of life by intolerance for their physical disabilities. After being forced into an arranged marriage by their meddlesome mothers. the pair seems to find happiness ... until fate intervenes.

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User Review  - DougGoodman - LibraryThing

Kind of a Grimm's Faerie Tales set in the New York City that Eisner grew up in. The way that Eisner puts the art together combined with the storytelling makes for an enjoyable read. Read full review

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User Review  - SqueakyChu - LibraryThing

Will Eisner’s graphic novels are always fun reads. This comic contains four stories. “The Miracle of Dignity” is the story of what transpired in the relationship between poor Uncle Amos and better off ... Read full review

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Born in New York City, Will Eisner (1917-2005) was the author of the legendary comic strip The Spirit, as well as fifteen graphic novels and three influential instructional textbooks. The comic industry's top awards, the Eisner Awards, are named in his honor.

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