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By Ellen Gilchrist

In her exuberantly humorous, bittersweet new assortment, 'The Age of Miracles, ' traditional occasions commence the wheel of destiny spinning in unforeseen instructions: a deluge of airborne dirt and dust motes leads a socialite to hunt a more healthy weather, the place she unearths romance rather than leisure.

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