Raising Wrecker: A Novel [NOOK Book]

Overview

After foster-parenting four young siblings a decade ago, Summer Wood
tried to imagine a place where kids who are left alone or taken from
their families would find the love and the family they deserve. For her,
fiction was the tool to realize that world, and Wrecker, the ...

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Raising Wrecker: A Novel

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Overview

After foster-parenting four young siblings a decade ago, Summer Wood
tried to imagine a place where kids who are left alone or taken from
their families would find the love and the family they deserve. For her,
fiction was the tool to realize that world, and Wrecker, the central
character in her second novel, is the abandoned child for whom life
turns around in most unexpected ways. It's June of 1965 when Wrecker
enters the world. The war is raging in Vietnam, San Francisco is
tripping toward flower power, and Lisa Fay, Wrecker's birth mother, is
knocked nearly sideways by life as a single parent in a city she can
barely manage to navigate on her own. Three years later, she's in
prison, and Wrecker is left to bounce around in the system before he's
shipped off to live with distant relatives in the wilds of Humboldt
County, California. When he arrives he's scared and angry, exploding at
the least thing, and quick to flee. Wrecker is the story of this
boy and the motley group of isolated eccentrics who come together to
raise him and become a family along the way.

For readers taken with the special boy at the center of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Wrecker will be a welcome companion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608194735
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 309,395
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Wrecker earned Summer Wood the 2007 Literary Gift of Freedom, from the A Room of Her Own (AROHO) Foundation. Her first novel, Arroyo, was published by Chronicle Books in 2001. She lives in New Mexico.
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  • Posted October 26, 2012

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    Great Read

    Engaging characters and a good story pull you in and then you don't want to come back out. The story shows us Wrecker's life and the people that shape it at different points as he is growing up. We also get to see bits and pieces of him mother's life and how her life choices shaped him. A great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    A Good Read

    The main character, a little boy, did not even receive his name till around one year of age. He received the name, Wrecker, because he had a penchant for getting into things he shouldn't. After his father takes off and his mother is arrested, Wrecker is placed into the foster care system. He ends up with his uncle, Len, for a short while. Len has a wife he takes care of constantly, he decides he cannot take care of Wrecker. The residents of Bow Farm, up the road from Len, decide to take in Wrecker until he is returned to the foster care system. Wrecker stays with these people till he is 20, his character and personality develop and are shaped lovingly by these residents. This novel is impressive in that the author manages to create such odd circumstances and make them appear perfectly believable. Wrecker could have been an angry child who turned into an even angrier man, however, because of the residents of Bow Farm, Wrecker now has infinite potential as a person. A very heart-warming story, this is recommended for young adults/adults.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Coming-of-Age Tale

    Wrecker is the story of a young boy who is raised by friends who live communally on a farm in California. He arrives at Bow Farm after his mother is sent to jail and the state sends Wrecker to the care of his mentally-impaired aunt and her husband. Three-year old Wrecker is more than his uncle Len can handle while caring for his disabled wife, so Wrecker is cast to the women living on the farm next door.

    The story had great potential, but, the characters did not feel fully developed. Moreover, all of the adults in the story were highly tainted by their own selfishness and self-centeredness. Providing for Wrecker's needs never seemed about the benefit of the child; instead, each adult seemed to respond to him out of need to fill a void in himself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    great read

    wrecker, the main character, at 3 yrs old is sent to live with his uncle after his mother has been sent to jail. the story follows wrecker thru 15 yrs. during that time, his uncle adopts him but the ladies of BowFarm take wrecker in and he develops relationships with each person at the farm, and each person helps wrecker develop in diffrent ways to become a smart, mature, self sufficient young man. takes a village to raise a child, is so true in this story. each character lends something interesting to the story. never a slow moment. excellent book for a book club or discussion group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    quick read

    This was a good quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Just so-so

    Not much to like. Dragged on a lot. Never felt anything for any of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Read it - you won't be sorry.

    Enjoyed this book. The only change i would make - what happened to arvyn.

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