Wish You Well

Wish You Well

Paperback - 2001
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David Baldacci has made a name for himself crafting big, burly legal thrillers withlarger-than-life plots. However, Wish You Well, set in his native Virginia, is a tale of hopeand wonder and "something of a miracle" just itching to happen. This shift from contentiousurbanites to homespun hill families may come as a surprise to some of Baldacci's fans--but they canrest assured: the author's sense of pacing and exuberant prose have made the leap as well.The year is 1940. After a car accident kills 12-year-old Lou's and 7-year-old Oz's father and leavestheir mother Amanda in a catatonic trance, the children find themselves sent from New York Cityto their great-grandmother Louisa's farm in Virginia. Louisa's hardscrabble existence comes as aprofound shock to precocious Lou and her shy brother. Still struggling to absorb theirabandonment, they enter gamely into a life that tests them at every turn--and offers unimaginablerewards. For Lou, who dreams of following in her father's literary footsteps, the misty, craggyAppalachians and the equally rugged individuals who make the mountains their home quicklybecome invested with an almost mythic significance:They took metal cups from nails on the wall and dipped them in the water, and then sat outside anddrank. Louisa picked up the green leaves of a mountain spurge growing next to the springhouse,which revealed beautiful purple blossoms completely hidden underneath. "One of God's littlesecrets," she explained. Lou sat there, cup cradled between her dimpled knees, watching andlistening to her great-grandmother in the pleasant shade...Baldacci switches deftly between lovingly detailed character description (an area in which his debtto Laura Ingalls Wilder and Harper Lee seems evident) and patient development of the novel'scentral plot. If that plot is a trifle transparent--no one will be surprised by Amanda's miraculousrecovery or by the children's eventual battle with the nefarious forces of industry in an attempt tosave their great-grandmother's farm--neither reader nor character is the worse for it. After all,nostalgia is about remembering things one already knows. --Kelly Flynn
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2001, c2000.
ISBN: 9780446610100
0446610100
Characteristics: x, 370 pages ;,18 cm.

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jomur
May 30, 2019

THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST MOVING BOOKS i HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. HAVING LIVED IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES. THROUGH MILKING THE COWS. CHASING THE CHICKENS OUT OF THE COUP. PICKING THE EGGS AND MUCKING OUT THE BARN ETC.ETC. IT HAD SO MUCH MEANING. FIVE STARS FROM ME.

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bookpusher
Nov 17, 2018

Even though this is not the type of book I normally read, it was an enjoyable read. I am a little confused about something at the end though...

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BurtonP
Jul 06, 2016

"The air was moist, the coming rain telegraphed by plump, gray clouds, and the blue sky fast fading." This is the first sentence in Baldacci's 'Wish you well'. I really like this authors writing even though I'm not a great fan of adjectives. The story line runs smooth, the chapters are just the right length, I never got bored. The physical book had adequate binding but the pages were uneven. I feel the girl Lou's personality had more maturity than one would find in a twelve year old, even for that time period but that's about the only discrepancy I found. The plot, the prose, the underlying history, the touches of ancient Cherokee/Apache self sufficiency; all these work together to make this a pleasurable and unforgettable book.

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writermala
May 28, 2015

Wishing You Well illustrates that David Baldacci's writing transcends genres. In this book which is a departure from his thrillers Baldacci writes about simple yet powerful characters - Lou, Oz, Louisa, Cotton, Eugene, and Skinner all tug at our heartstrings and I was just enthralled by them. The description of life in Virginia on the Appalachians was beautiful and the plot though simple was elegant.
The author talks about belief and what it can achieve and love and its potency.

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RIJN
Dec 16, 2013

One of the best stories we have read!

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annphi
Oct 14, 2013

What a beautiful story. It had all the
ingredients for a wonderful read!
One of David Baldacci's finest

akasq Aug 08, 2013

I enjoy all of David Baldacci novels,
but this one is one of his better ones.
A heart warming story of family,love
and hope. A real feel good story.

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erinsnest
Jul 31, 2012

Started July 29, 2012.......bought it from the discard bin at the library (Blairmore, AB) (don't trust myself to read library books in the rowboat at the cabin!)......most books take me until almost 1/2 way to get into them, this one had me by page 15. Guess I'll be checking out more of David's books!....July 31, 2012,...page 125, and can't wait to read more. Aug 16....whoops!, haven't been by a computer for a while.....loved this book, will definitely read more of David's books. Not sure when I finished it, but I have read 1-1/4 more since July 31st!

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FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

After a car accident kills Lou and Oz's father and leaves their mother in a coma, they are sent away from their home in New York City to live on their great-grandmother's farm.

FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

After a car accident kills Lou and Oz's father and leaves their mother in a coma, they are sent away from their home in New York City to live on their great-grandmother's farm.

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