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Wish You Well (Hardcover)

Author:  David Baldacci
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0446527165
ISBN-13: 9780446527163
Sku: 30613687
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  400
Age Range:  NA
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It is 1940 and a tragedy sends two young children, Lou and Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwestern Virginia to live with their great-grandmother. The portraits of the land and its people are described with an extraordinary eye for detail as the story flows through swells of prejudice, innocence, greed, and faith, and the question of whether one can ever really wish another well. *Author: Baldacci, David *Binding Type: Hardcover *Number of Pages: 400 *Publication Date: 2000/10/24 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.70 x 5.70 x 1.30 inches
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WISH YOU WELL...is the story of Louisa Mae Cardinal, a precocious twelve-year-old girl living in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her acclaimed but sadly underpaid writer father, her compassionate mother, and her timid younger brother, Oz. For Lou, her family's financial struggles are invisible to her. Instead, she is a daughter who idolizes her father and is in love with the art of storytelling.||Then, in a single, terrifying moment, Lou's life is changed forever, and she and Oz are on a train rolling away from New York and down into the mountains of Virginia. There, Lou's mother will begin a long, slow struggle between life and death. And there, Lou and Oz will be raised by their remarkable great-grandmother, Louisa, Lou's namesake.||Suddenly a girl finds herself coming of age in a landscape that could not be more foreign to her. On her great-grandmother's farm, on the land her father loved and wrote about, Lou finds her first true friend; learns lessons in loyalty, tragedy, and redemption; and experiences adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. When a dark, destructive force encroaches on their new home, Lou and her brother are caught up in another struggle-a struggle for justice and survival that will be played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom.||In WISH YOU WELL David Baldacci has written a tale laced with touching passages evoking the charms of rural Virginia, imbued with graceful humor, and enriched by with unforgettable characters. The novel is a heart-wrenching yet triumphant story about family and adversity from times past that resounds forcefully today. WISH YOU WELL is a breathtakingly beautiful achievement from an author who has the power to make us feel, to make us care, and to make us believe in the great and little miracles that can change lives-or save them.
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Set in the 1940s, WISH YOU WELL tells the story of 12-year-old Louisa May Cardinal's coming of age. Born and raised in the Big Apple, Louisa is sent to live with her grandmother in the Appalachians after her father is killed in a car accident. The Virginia mountain folk teach Louisa rustic values, but Baldacci throws some trademark elements of action and suspense into his homespun tale. When evil businessmen come around, looking to exploit the land for profit, high-speed car chases and a dramatic courtroom climax result.
Author Bio
David Baldacci
It's rare that former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush agree on anything, but both have publically proclaimed themselves fans of the bestselling novels of David Baldacci. Born (in 1960) and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Baldacci majored in political science at Virginia Commonwealth University before getting his law degree from the University of Virginia. He then practiced law in Washington D.C. for almost a decade, all the while trying to ignite his writing career by submitting short stories to various journals and publishers. After collecting rejection notices for several years, most people would likely surrender their dreams in frustration, but Baldacci decided to dive even deeper into his writing career by penning a novel, which eventually became the instant bestseller ABSOLUTE POWER. This remarkable debut showcases all of the literary stylings and plot elements that Baldacci has become best known for--sharply drawn characters testing their own morality as they become engaged in various levels of political intrigue. Several of his books document the high-stakes adventures of the Camel Club, a group of four political watchdogs who expose and undermine governmental conspiracies. While Baldacci's thrillers have become mainstays on bestseller lists worldwide, he has refused to settle into a niche churning out a formulaic series, instead exploring other genres in his critically-acclaimed books THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN and WISH YOU WELL. He is also a prominent philanthropist and, in 2002, Baldacci and his wife Michelle created the Wish You Well Foundation, a renowned charitable supporter of literacy programs.

Praise

Washington Post
"I might say about this novel what another reviewer said about one of mine: The author threw in everything but the kitchen sink, and a second reading would probably turn up the sink as well. But that is not necessarily bad. Baldacci is a commercial novelist who knows how to stir the pot. If WISH YOU WELL is not literature, neither is it ever dull." - Patrick Anderson 11/13/00

Chicago Tribune Books
"A little slow but nearly always engaging, WISH YOU WELL is an honorable and solid effort by the author to break out of his genre origins into something more rounded and substantial." - Chris Petrakos 02/04/2001

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0400
Product attributePublisher:   Grand Central Publishing
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