Ayana (short story)
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|Published in||The Paris Review,
Just After Sunset
|Publication date||Fall 2007 (first publication)|
A man recounts his father's battle with pancreatic cancer in 1982, culminating in the intervention of a blind seven-year-old girl named Ayana. After being kissed by the mysterious child (similar to John Coffey in The Green Mile), "Doc" Gentry makes a miraculous recovery from the edge of death, and the narrator discovers that his own part in the working of miracles is only beginning. Over the following decades, he describes visits from a man who delivers him to others in need of their own miracles.