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Posted January 25, 2011
I read this book in two sittings after having "reader's block" for more then a year! The plot features a typical American family with very Atypical family members. The story focuses on the oldest child's roller coaster ride through different levels of mental health. We watch as Edward starts his life as a bright, happy energetic little baby with two free spirited young parents whose love for each other is almost magical. Then one day their perfect little boy turns inward and begins to display disturbing signs of an autism like disease. As the story progresses, Edward's behavior is ever changing. This leads the reader to feel their hope rise as the story goes on and in the end, it seems that Edwards state of mind can be best judged by those who love and accept him and that "normal" is in the eyes of the beholder. It is also the story of the disintegration of a marriage under the stress of a handicapped child.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2006
My favorite in at least a year!
I read and read and always wish for that one book in which I will lose myself totally to the story. This was that book. A compelling plot, relationships that felt totally real - all of the family relationships, husband and wife, grandparents, siblings... The story takes the reader back a generation which I found absolutely fascinating, especially as it related to Edward's autistic-like characteristics as well as the personalities of others in the family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2005
A real wild ride
Reality tv, so popular, never feels real. The 'Wild Ride' does. Bauer has managed to tell a story that captures the actual complexity of a woman working to resolve or at least accept a difficult situation. While the central story revolves around a mother and her son, Rachel's other roles as daughter, lover, wife, writer and friend are intertwined. In each of these relationships you can feel her effort to do best, and her struggle against the limits of her own abilities. The resulting character is strong, clear and complex. I left the novel wishing her and her associated community all well as they continued their lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.