Wish You Well

Wish You Well

by David Baldacci
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Wish You Well by David Baldacci

The year is 1953-and the worst of tragedies has struck the Cardinal family. A devestating car accident takes the life of Jack Cardinal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and leaves his young wife a bedridden invalid who has completely withdrawn. Lou and her younger brother Oz travel by train with their mother to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where their great-grandmother Louisa lives on a remote farm, ready and willing (if not financially prepared) to take the broken family in.

Rising every morning hours before dawn, working on the farm and learning at the school house their father attended years before, Lou and Oz slowly begin to heal emotionally and grow in unexpected ways. All while waiting for their silent mother to return to them. When a natural gas company comes to town and makes an offer on her land, Louisa refuses to sell. To keep their farm, with the weight of the company and their own greedy neighbors against them, the family must rely on tyhe kindliness of a town lawyer to try their case in court-while both Lou and Oz pray for a miracle. The climactic courtroom battle is as unpredictable as it is relentless and will not only decide the fates of Lou, Oz, and their mother, but also all who have been touched by them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446610100
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960 where he continues to reside. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. David practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and a corporate lawyer.

David has published six novels — Wish You Well, Absolute Power, Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, and Saving Faith. He has also published one novella for the Dutch entitled Office Hours, written for Holland's Year 2000 "Month of the Thriller." I was the featured writer for this year's celebration. My works have also been published in the Washington Post, USA Today Magazine, Britain's Tatler Magazine and New Statesman, UVA Lawyer, Italy's Panorama Magazine, and Germany's Welt am Sonntag. He also authored six original screenplays, the most current of which has nothing to do with murder or mayhem. It is a family drama set in the South during 1940, and it is the inspiration for my newest novel, Wish You Well.

David's work has been translated into over thirty languages and sold in more than eighty countries. All of my books have been national and international bestsellers. He has been published under his own name, David Baldacci, in all countries except in the country of his ancestors, Italy, where he was compelled to publish under a pseudonym. Over 25 million copies of his books are in print worldwide. Castle Rock entertainment made Absolute Power into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. The novel Absolute Power won Britain's prestigious W.H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997, and was nominated for a major literary award in Italy. The paperback version of Total Control was a bestselling favorite for the traveling public for over one year, even though it opens with a plane crash. The Winner's sales topped those of his first two novels, no doubt aided by revealing in the novel how to fix the lottery and win a hundred million dollars! The Winner received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. The Simple Truth was the first of his novels in which part of the plot was based upon an actual event. President Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1999. Saving Faith is a novel about how Washington, D.C. really doesn't work, and why so many people are just fine with that. During his research for the novel, David spent so much time with politicians that he briefly contemplated running for office, until his wife sensibly put a stop to that nonsense. Saving Faith reached number one on the Publishers Weekly national bestseller list.

Wish You Well, David's latest novel, is a heart-felt story of the difficult but rewarding life on top of the Appalachian Mountains in 1940 and is strongly linked to the background of my maternal family. In researching for this book, he spent countless hours talking with his mother who spent the first seventeen years of her life struggling with life on the "high rock" and learning its lifelong lessons. For this alone, he cherishes every word of this book. Wish You Well also received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly.

Davi's books have been publicly discussed and/or read by everyone from Howard Stern and Don Imus to Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, from George Bush and Bill Clinton to Charlie Rose and Larry King. Two of his novels have been published in Readers Digest Select Editions. He is currently working with producers Lee Rich, Karen Spiegel, and Paramount Television on a television mystery series being developed in conjunction with a television series created by two other novelists. He has made many television and radio appearances including The Early Show, The Today Show, CNN, CNNfn, CSPAN, MSNBC, Late Show with Tom Snyder, Fox News, Court TV, BBC, and NPR, and he has been featured in national and international publications. And sit on the boards at the Library of Virginia, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Virginia Blood Services, and Virginia Commonwealth University. David also holds various honorary chairs.

Hometown:

Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia

Education:

B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1940s New York City, twelve years old Louisa Mae ¿Lou¿ Cardinal hero-worships her father, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer. Lou¿s dream is to become as highly regarded as he is, but she is unaware of how little money her dad Jack earns. Considered by critics one of the best authors of his generation, Jack is considering Hollywood in order to feed his family of four.

Lou¿s idyllic world crashes when her beloved father dies in a car accident. With her mother in shock, Lou and her younger brother Oz are displaced and move to their great-grandmother¿s remote Virginia farm. The two siblings begin to heal, but a new fight to save their new home is on the horizon.

WISH YOU WELL is a powerful character-driven historical novel that provides the audience a look at the bone marrow of emotions of the key players during tragedy. Readers will take to heart Lou, Oz, their mom, and their great-grandmother. The support cast augments the tale with even deeper glimpses of the Cardinals. Although David Baldacci overdoes the melodrama and reverts to a well-written courtroom climax, WISH YOU WELL is a great look at daily survival during a period of intense grief and displacement.

Harriet Klausner

magnoliafaye More than 1 year ago
I have had this book for awhile and just got around to reading it. I certainly wasn't expecting to find that it was the best book I have read this entire year. In fact, I am going to buy it for 2 family members for Christmas. It is rare that a book is so well written that you see, feel and even smell the characters and their surroundings. I hope Baldacci will someday give us more of this kind of story. All books should be this entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Baldacci is writing what? That waspish question buzzed around publishing circles when Warner announced that the bestselling author of The Simple Truth, Absolute Power and other turbo-thrillers--an author generally esteemed more for his plots than for his characters or prose--was trying his hand at mainstream fiction, with a mid-century period novel set in the rural South, no less. Shades of John Grisham and A Painted House. But guess what? Clearly inspired by his subject--his maternal ancestors, he reveals in a foreword, hail from the mountain area he writes about here with such strength--Baldacci triumphs with his best novel yet, an utterly captivating drama centered on the difficult adjustment to rural life faced by two children when their New York City existence shatters in an auto accident. That tragedy, which opens the book with a flourish, sees acclaimed but impecunious riter Jack Cardinal dead, his wife in a coma and their daughter, Lou, 12, and son, Oz, seven, forced to move to the southwestern Virginia farm of their aged great-grandmother, Louisa. Several questions propel the subsequent story with vigor. Will the siblings learn to accept, even to love, their new life? Will their mother regain consciousness? And--in a development that takes the narrative into familiar Baldacci territory for a gripping legal showdown--will Louisa lose her land to industrial interests? Baldacci exults in high melodrama here, and it doesn't always work: the death of one major character will wring tears from the stoniest eyes, but the reappearance of another, though equally hanky-friendly, is outright manipulative. Even so, what the novel offers above all is bone-deep emotional truth, as its myriad characters--each, except for one cartoonish villain, as real as readers' own kin--grapple not just with issues of life and death but with the sufferings and joys of daily existence in a setting detailed with finely attuned attention and a warm sense of wonder. This novel has a huge heart--and millions of readers are going to love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this wonderful book. It takes me back to my Grandmother's house with the smell of sugar cookies in the old oven. All I can say, it's a wonderful book and will tear at your heart strings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can sum up my opinion of Wish You Well in 1 word, but since I am long-winded, I will elaborate. I was furious when I found out that Mr. Baldacci had a new book coming out that was not his usual blood-pumping, nail-biting style of writing. I vowed I would not read this book. Well, I was bookless, which all book lovers know is a fate worse than death, so I broke my vow and bought the book; a decision I do not regret. One word is all it takes to sum up my opinion. EXTRAORDINARY--extraordinary characters, extraordinary setting, extraordinary circumstances, and I repeat extraordinary characters. While it will always be my preference to read books that get my blood flowing, Wish You Well, was a nice change of pace. I would have given it 5 stars, but why risk Mr. Baldacci never again writing another thriller. This book is a keeper!
DanBru More than 1 year ago
One of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. I felt like I really got to know the characters for all of their good, and bad. A very pleasant read and hard to put down once I started reading it.
Sonfollower More than 1 year ago
Don't read the synopis or any of the overly detailed reviews. Let the characters and story reveal themselves to you. You will feel it in your heart and soul. I am a big Baldacci fan and have read many of his books. I was going out of town for a few days and found myself bookless - Yikes! I went on-line just before hitting the road, typed in Baldacci as he always is good to read. I looked for a book with lots of star ratings and just cliked and purchased. I am so glad that I didn't know what to expect. The book is a marvel. It flows over, under, around and through you with a palpable and physical draw. The characters are strong and the the plot engrossing. I laughed, I cried and I loved every moment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Mr. Baldacci's other works, but I can tell this one was special and came straight from his heart. A wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. We need more books in which the characters have values and morals. David Baldacci is one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of honesty, integrity and values told very gently and with depth. It is captivating. It has real life drama. I bought it on audiotape and will listen to it again and again. I highly recommend the tape. It is very well read. I also plan to read the book. Initially I was surprised that it did not follow his previous books' storylines, but it is equally well written-- and it keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next shoe to drop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all what I expected. Very heartwarming. Wonderful book. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the Virginia that I see when I research my ancestry or when I go home along the beautiful Blue RIdge Mountains What a wonderful story about family and finding our own way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable. I felt all the emotions when I read this book . Fear. Joy laughter and sadness. Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mountain people living off the land and bare essentials. Two children lose their parents from a car accident. Their father was killed and their mother in a coma. They are sent to the mountains to live with their grandmother, their fathers mother. Definitely worthy of tissues. Big company wants to take over the land......a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed David Baldacci's Wish You Well. It is a feel good story. The characters are lovable, and the story is great. Highly recommended.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
There’s a wishing well in David Baldacci’s novel, Wish You Well. There are children with deep wounds and wishes. There are adults worn down by care, worn out by pain, and worn to warmth by love. And there’s a Virginia landscape standing proud against the inroads worn by mankind. The world of the 1940s is very different from today of course, but the greeds, prejudices, loves and concerns of the characters in this book are as real today as they were then. The author offers insights into backstories with perfect timing, creating depth and breadth without ever distracting from what’s going on. Tragedy melds with hope, wishes just might be fulfilled, and a city girl grows up to love the mountains of her father’s youth. It’s all beautifully depicted with convincing insights into a childs-eye view of friendship, life and love, and it's a lovely novel, convincingly researched, beautifully plotted, and enticingly told despite occasional predictability. Disclosure: I needed a feel-good read!
MollyD3694 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The story was captivating and I grew so attached to the characters. A beautiful story. I hope Mr. Baldacci will write more like Wish You Well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast reading. Very enjoyable and captured the imaginaion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly good for a deal of the day. And am pleased to learn it has been made into a movie. A young girl and her brother lose their father in an accident and basically their mother also. Taken in by their great grandmother in the mountains of VA, Lou grows up quick, and learns what is and is not important - what makes for a good friend and how to treat life and people. I would recommend for any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Really enjoyed. Easy read. I would recommend this book to all.
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