Wish You Well by David Baldacci

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5 Critic Reviews

...what the novel offers above all is bone-deep emotional truth...This novel has a huge heartDand millions of readers are going to love it.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

David Baldacci's million-copy-plus bestseller is now a feature film available on DVD and video on demand!
Precocious 12-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family. Then tragedy strikes--and Lou and her younger brother, Oz, must go with their invalid mother to live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. But the forces of greed and justice are about to clash over her new home...and as their struggle is played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom, it will determine the future of two children, an entire town, and the mountains they love.

 

About David Baldacci

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David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.david-baldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.
 
Published October 1, 2000 by Grand Central Publishing. 384 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Horror, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Wish You Well
All: 5 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

Drawing on his own rural Virginia heritage, he attempts various styles—backwoods dialect, homespun philosophizing, small-town courtroom theatrics—but his tin ear for dialogue and cloudy eye for metaphor stand in the way of success. Well-meant but not very well-written family saga.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 07 2015

...what the novel offers above all is bone-deep emotional truth...This novel has a huge heartDand millions of readers are going to love it.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Rhonda Johnson on Oct 20 2000

...Despite a shamelessly manipulative conclusion, Baldacci crafts a touching tale out of this love letter to a rural world.

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Teen Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Sep 01 2001

Baldacci's plain, straightforward prose paints a stark but optimistic picture of a simple, difficult, but ultimately happy existence, as the children slowly adjust to life away from the comforts of their previous lives...While WISH YOU WELL is most definitely a novel, it reads like a series of progressive vignettes...

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People

Above average
on Nov 06 2000

While minor characters seem stock, the 1940s details ring true, and a compelling courtroom trial—pitting the family against a land-grabbing coal company—provides a stirring conclusion.

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