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Some Small Magic by Billy Coffey

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This is the eighth novel by Billy Coffey, all set in Mattingly, Virginia, a fictional community located in the Shenandoah Valley, the author’s home as well. In this book, the protagonist, Abel Shifflet is a bullied schoolboy who leaves his single mother, a waitress, in search of his father. “on one level, this novel continues a long line of appealing road books . . . But Some Small Magic is also a tale of a journey from doubt to faith, and from hardscrabble despair to the highest form of hope. It’s a vivid and compelling read.” – Stephen Kiernan.

Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2017. 402 pages. Trade paperback