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Wish You Well por David Baldacci
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Wish You Well (original 2000; edição 2000)

por David Baldacci (Autor)

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The year is 1953 -- and the worst of tragedies has struck the Cardinal family. A devastating car accident takes the life of Jack Cardinal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and leaves his young wife a bedridden invalid who has completely withdrawn. Lou and her younger brother Oz travel by train with their mother to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where their great-grandmother Louisa lives on a remote farm, ready and willing (if not financially prepared) to take the broken family in. Rising every morning hours before dawn, working on the farm and learning at the school house their father attended years before, Lou and Oz slowly begin to heal emotionally and grow in unexpected ways. All while waiting for their silent mother to return to them. When a natural gas company comes to town and makes an offer on her land, Louisa refuses to sell. To keep their farm, with the weight of the company and their own greedy neighbors against them, the family must rely on the kindliness of a town lawyer to try their case in court -- while both Lou and Oz pray for a miracle. The climactic courtroom battle is as unpredictable as it is relentless and will not only decide the fates of Lou, Oz, and their mother, but also all who have been touched by them.… (mais)
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Título:Wish You Well
Autores:David Baldacci (Autor)
Informação:Warner Books (2000), 400 pages
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Avaliação:****
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My husband apparently read this book many years ago and then handed it to me, telling me I would like it. I was puzzled at the time, because he mostly reads mysteries/suspense/thrillers, and those are NOT my favorite genres. It's sat on my TBR shelf for some time for that reason. This book, however, is my favorite genre, historical fiction (and perhaps partly memoir).

Set in 1940, it tells the story of the Cardinal family. After their author father dies in an auto accident, 12-year-old Louisa "Lou" Cardinal, her younger brother Oscar ("Oz"), and their mother Amanda, catatonic after the same accident, move from New York City to live with Lou's great-grandmother and namesake, Louisa Mae Cardinal, in the mountains of Virginia. Louisa is helped by a black man named Eugene, and a lawyer in the nearest town named Cotton.

Much of the book describes in detail what the land and life was like in this rural area at the time, which was fine with me. Lou and Oz have some fun times with an orphan boy nicknamed Diamond, until he is killed in an explosion in an abandoned mine. This happens about 2/3 of the way through the book, and then the pace of the plot picks up, with courtroom drama and a predictable happy ending.

Baldacci explains in an author's note at the beginning that the story "is fictional, but the setting, other than place names, is not." His grandmother lived all but the last ten years of her life in those mountains, and his mother the first 17 of hers. He spent much time interviewing his mother in preparing to write this book, and states that the book is "in part, an oral history of both where and how my mother grew up." He concludes, "I've spent the last twenty years or so hunting relentlessly for story material, and utterly failed to see a lumberyardful within my own family...while it came later than it probably should have, writing this novel was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life."

This was an easy and pleasant read. I'm not sure why some reviews and descriptions of the book describe it as being set in 1953, because it clearly is not. ( )
  riofriotex | Sep 15, 2021 |
After a tragic accident in New York, 12 year old Louisa Mae, her brother Oz and her invalid mother must go live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Louisa grows up quickly, finding true friends and a love of the town close by and the mountains they call home.
  SABC | Aug 27, 2021 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
not a mystery
  18cran | Apr 25, 2021 |
As the author states, it's about his motivation as a writer. The story is pretty dull for about 2/3 of it...kids running around being kids. There is some drama among them. Then, with only two hours to go in a the 10 hour book, it picks up and begins to sound like Baldacci. Good lawyers, bad lawyers and a bad corporation. The book is really about the characters, not the plot. ( )
  buffalogr | Apr 22, 2021 |
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The year is 1953 -- and the worst of tragedies has struck the Cardinal family. A devastating car accident takes the life of Jack Cardinal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and leaves his young wife a bedridden invalid who has completely withdrawn. Lou and her younger brother Oz travel by train with their mother to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where their great-grandmother Louisa lives on a remote farm, ready and willing (if not financially prepared) to take the broken family in. Rising every morning hours before dawn, working on the farm and learning at the school house their father attended years before, Lou and Oz slowly begin to heal emotionally and grow in unexpected ways. All while waiting for their silent mother to return to them. When a natural gas company comes to town and makes an offer on her land, Louisa refuses to sell. To keep their farm, with the weight of the company and their own greedy neighbors against them, the family must rely on the kindliness of a town lawyer to try their case in court -- while both Lou and Oz pray for a miracle. The climactic courtroom battle is as unpredictable as it is relentless and will not only decide the fates of Lou, Oz, and their mother, but also all who have been touched by them.

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