Wish You Well

Wish You Well

Large Print - 2000
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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 live 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 thir 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 Lou finds her first true friend; learns lessons in loyalty, tragedy, 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2000.
ISBN: 9780375430916
Branch Call Number: Lg. Prt. BAL
Characteristics: 611 p. (large print) ; 21 cm.


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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.

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.

Dec 16, 2013

One of the best stories we have read!

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.

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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