Raising Wild Ginger

Raising Wild Ginger

by Tara Woolpy


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Raising Wild Ginger by Tara Woolpy

Parenting is hard. That's what Edward Rosenberg has always assumed, although his only experience with children has been as the drunken uncle. Now the love of his life, Sam DaCosta, is yearning for fatherhood. Edward's been sober for years. He and Sam are in a good place. Why rock the boat? On the other hand, how can he deny Sam his dream of a family?

Then they meet Ginger. At twelve she's been through more than either Edward or Sam can imagine. She's seductive, secretive and dishonest. But somewhere between stealing his cash and alienating Sam, Ginger manages to wind herself into Edward's heart. Can the three of them create a family? Or will Ginger blow them all apart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983203322
Publisher: Bats in the Boathouse Press
Publication date: 06/11/2012
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Tara Woolpy is the author of Releasing Gillian's Wolves. She earned a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Whitworth College and spent a post graduate year at the Women Writers Center in Cazenovia, New York. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Raising Wild Ginger is the latest installment in a series of loosely linked novels set in the fictional town of Lacland.

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Raising Wild Ginger 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite Sometimes, when I read a book, something about the words on the page, the story, or just the feelings that the story evokes in my heart make me realize that a part of the book will always be a part of me. So is the case with Raising Wild Ginger, the newest work by author Tara Woolpy. The story follows Edward and Sam, a loving and supportive couple, as they come to the journey of parenthood through fostering twelve-year-old Ginger. Ginger is a young girl who has been through more in her short life than most people should have to endure in a lifetime. Her tough exterior hides a delicate and fragile psyche, and has caused her to push away all those who might have tried to help her in the past. Edward and Sam, who’ve dealt with their own share of difficulties, from Edward’s alcoholic history to both of them dealing with families who were judgmental and unsupportive of them and their sexuality, are determined that they won’t give up on the girl who’s been left in their charge. I feel I must disclose that I was adopted as an infant, and I worked for many years as an adoption social worker, so the themes of this story are especially close to my heart. That being said, even without this connection, I still would have loved this book. Raising Wild Ginger is wonderfully and delicately written, and explores complicated themes of childhood abuse, parenting children with difficult histories, gay parenting, and the idea that people don’t have to be related by blood to be true families. Heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once, I cannot recommend this book more highly to anyone who loves an excellent read in any genre, but especially those who love to read about families that come together in not necessarily conventional ways. This was the first book that I’ve read by author Tara Woolpy, but it certainly will not be the last.
CompulsionReads More than 1 year ago
After a lifetime of drinking and the resulting chaos, Edward is finally at a good place in his life. AA meetings help him stay sober, while his handsome and kind partner, Sam, infuses his life with love and purpose. Edward is all too happy to keep things just the way they are, but Sam longs to expand their family. Thinking back on his own dysfunctional family, Edward isn’t sure he has what it takes to be a good father to a baby. He also worries about a baby destroying the precious harmony he has worked so hard to create. When his AA sponsor suggests fostering, Edward latches onto the idea. After all, you can always give a foster kid back if things don’t work out well. This decision leads to the arrival of Ginger, a skinny 12-year-old slathered in makeup and poured into a set of tight clothes that don’t leave much to the imagination. A battered duffle bag  is not the only baggage Ginger brings. Her childhood, filled with horrific abuse and violence, has given her a tainted view of the world. Even as Edward starts to soften for the scared, suspicious girl in his care, Ginger’s presence and her actions will put pressure on Edward and Sam’s relationship and test them both in profound ways. Raising Wild Ginger is a compelling and emotional ride. Author Tara Woolpy starts out slow, showing us the nice balance Edward and Sam have achieved. Ginger is a whirlwind, upsetting Edward’s careful calm and causing Sam to question his ability to be a good father.  There are many things to like about this book. Edward and Sam’s relationship is deep and real, and Woolpy gives us a great window into Edward’s troubled past and his continued fight to stay sober. I also liked that Woolpy presented us with two very likable gay men who didn’t fall into any obvious stereotypes (for instance, nether of the men likes to cook).  Ginger is a complex character, and Woolpy does a great job of giving her the many faces of a pre-teen, from eager to please to sulky to sexual and more. When Ginger begins to reveal her past, your heart will ache along with Edward’s and Sam’s. Ginger’s past includes sexual abuse, and certain scenes in this book are difficult to read. However, Woolpy handles these delicate and traumatic issues well, painting the details in broad strokes that allow the reader to fill in their own blanks. These difficult scenes are some of Woolpy’s best, because these are the moments when Edward and Sam really shine as they try and heal Ginger with their love. Sam and Edward want to give Ginger the stable home, happiness and parental love she deserves. They know as they sign the foster papers that their lives are going to change. What they don’t realize is how much Ginger will also change them. Raising Wild Ginger is an uplifting and satisfying read.  (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)
Disincentive More than 1 year ago
 [TWO DADS ARE BETTER THAN NONE] I don’t usually read books like this one, but – I loved Raising Wild Ginger.  I support gay rights in 100%. Gay people should marry and be able to adopt kids. While reading about Sam and Edward’s relationship my heart felt simply warm. They are lovely couple and even when they fight everything gets better in the end.  I fell in love in Ginger. She is a foster kid with horrible past and complicated personality. She showed to be bad, but the truth is, she was just lost.  This is a perfect book about parenting and real love. It talks about difficult topics in an easy way, so I think everyone would like it.
FigureOfSpeech More than 1 year ago
What to say about Raising Wild Ginger? It is way out of my normal reading range. I’m generally a sic-fi/fantasy girl. But I agreed read it because of the subject matter. Ginger is a severely abused foster child looking for a forever home. I spent a number of years working in the American child protective services and I thought Woolpy’s story might be one I could turn a knowledgeable eye towards. I was right. Raising Wild Ginger highlights a number of subtle (and not so subtle) behaviours of prematurely sexualised children without ever quite slipping into After School Special, lesson mode. I do think that if all abused children were so easy to speak rationally to about their actions there would be a lot fewer placement disruptions in the world, but as a work of fiction it was perfectly acceptable. Edward and Sam are a pleasure. Their desire and struggles to share their love with little Ginger is touching, while her ability to heal their own internal wounds tugs the heart strings. It’s a reminder that sometimes giving up selfish pursuits really can be the best thing you can do for yourself. (As I’m sure many AA members would attest). Similarly Zach and Edward’s reactions to one another speak volumes on the subject of forgiveness. All in all, Woolpy has created an enjoyable tale about the strength and healing power of forgiveness, love and family. If you enjoy this genre of writing I definitely suggest you check this one out. The only reason I didn't give it a 5* is that I'm not a huge fan of the genre, so I couldn't say I "loved it." The book is quality.
T_Sinns More than 1 year ago
Family is not always blood and they are never easy. This story proves that over and over again.Two men depended on not turning out to be like the ones that raised them come to be united with a girl that wants nothing more then normal. Everyone has a past, and when three unfavorable past clash together you never know what can come out of it. Will Sam and Edward be able to see past the problems? Will Ginger learn that not everyone is out to hurt you? Can Edward give Sam the family he wants? Can this group of struggling people make the loving family? Will it be strong enough to face everything? Find out. Grab your copy today. You'll want to know how dysfunctional this group is pushed to just to stay a happy family. Find out how far they are willing to go to stay together.