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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. 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.

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

Raising Wrecker book

Raising Wrecker book. Onvan : Raising Wrecker - Nevisande : Summer Wood - ISBN : 160819972X - ISBN13 : 9781608199723 - Dar 304 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2011. A novel underlining that a "family" does not need to be by blood and birth alone (on the contrary, Melody's relationship with her parents forms a sharp contrast). Motherhood as a theme, is superbly drawn like a thread right through the novel, whether it is by birth or choice or circumstance.

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. Библиографические данные.

Synopsis: Wrecker is a beautiful book about a young child named Wrecker. It takes place in the late 1960's. His mother loses custody of him after getting caught up in drugs and other things. She's sentenced to 30 years in prison, not eligible for parole for 15 years, leaving her 3 year old son to the foster care system. After bouncing around a little bit, Wrecker ultimately comes to rest with his mother's sister's husband, Len. Len has his own problems since his wife (Wrecker's aunt) is brain damaged after a terrible illness, and is already more than he can handle

Also UK, in The Guardian: Wrecker (Bloomsbury, £1. 9) by Summer Wood tells the story of a three-year-old, sent to live with the aunt he's never met when his drug-dealing mother is dispatched to prison for shooting a police officer

WRECKER will be released in paperback by Bloomsbury USA as RAISING WRECKER. Also UK, in The Guardian: Wrecker (Bloomsbury, £1. 9) by Summer Wood tells the story of a three-year-old, sent to live with the aunt he's never met when his drug-dealing mother is dispatched to prison for shooting a police officer. What the authorities don't know is that Wrecker's aunt is now severely disabled – so his uncle, unable to cope with the boy, passes him on to the hippyish inhabitants of the farmhouse next door: big-hearted Ruth, lonely Melody, elegant Willow and the mysterious Johnny Appleseed.

Summer Wood is the author of RAISING WRECKER, which received the 2012 WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction and is a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Her first novel, Arroyo, was published in 2001 by Chronicle Books

Summer Wood is the author of RAISING WRECKER, which received the 2012 WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction and is a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Her first novel, Arroyo, was published in 2001 by Chronicle Books. She divides her time between Taos, New Mexico, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

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 – a young innocent from a family farm down south – is knocked nearly sideways by life as a single mother in a city she could barely manage to navigate as just on. hree years later, she's alone again. Kids aren't allowed in prison. And Wrecker, scared silent, furious, and hell-bent on breaking every last thing that crosses his path, is shipped off to live with distant relatives in the wilds of Humboldt County.

Wrecker was an adorable character. jlouise77, August 1, 2011.

Walmart 9781608192809. The book covers the time from Wrecker's arrival at Bow Farm, just before his third birthday, until the time he is twenty. But it's more than the story (as compelling as it is) of an angry boy becoming a strong and gentle young man. It's a story about families, how they form and grow, and how they change. Wrecker was an adorable character.

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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.


Comments: (7)

FireWater
A couple of years ago, I asked a colleague who is a book reviewer: "Can you suggest a book you think I will love?" I read a lot of contemporary fiction, and I certainly like much of it but it seems that books I love are rare finds. Summer Wood's novel is one of them. I simply loved this novel, for its language, yes, for its subtlety, yes, but mostly for its story. We're a reading populace hungry for story, and this book met my needs. I found myself torn between wanting to read quickly for the story and slowly to appreciate every small part. Not only does Wrecker offer a marvelously real place, a community, that you'll wish you could be a part of in spite of its realistic flaws, but it makes you care about each vivid character deeply. Here's a measure of that success: late in the book we meet a new character, a rival mother who could disrupt everything we've grown to value. It's a reluctant meeting, a natural desire to push the character away. But within two paqes that changes. And when this character wins our caring, the complexity increases. You must read this book, savor it, share it.
GWEZJ
I really liked this book because it was different take on the "it takes a village" theme. As an old hippie myself it made me remember some things. Having said that most people would enjoy this book about the unconventional raising of an abandoned child. Wrecker turns out to be a good man, although the odds were against him until he finds love and understanding in an unconventional environment. Wreckers uncle adopts him when his mother is put in jail. The uncle is soon overwhelmed caring for 3 year old Wrecker and his brain damaged wife at the same time and that's when the neighbors step in. The three women and one man living on an old farm next door all have their own secrets and problems but they all grow to love Wrecker. There are all sorts of heart wrenching situations in the book, both for Wrecker and for the people who bring him into their lives but somehow it all works out. It's a sweet story about an unconventional lifestyle.
Corgustari
It was a time of escape, of trying out new experiences, and a time for love. But for Lisa Fay, life in San Francisco in the mid-sixties became more than she could manage. She fell in with the wrong crowd, got caught up in the frenzy rather than the peace...and one day, life happened to her in ways she hadn't expected.

Giving birth to her son one day in the park was only the beginning of her out-of-control life, and when he was three-years-old, this child who also dashed through life everyday, wreaking havoc and earning the name "Wrecker," was lost to her when she was arrested for a number of charges. She was off to prison for thirty years (fifteen for good behavior), and Wrecker was off to the foster care system.

Enter Len, an accidental relative, husband to Lisa's sister Meg. By age three, Wrecker had blown out of every placement and there was nothing left for him except group homes. Or this one relative.

Len and Meg, his brain damaged wife, live in Humboldt County in Northern California. They are used to a simple life, free of chaos and the complexities of the rest of the world. What can an angry, frightened, and wrecking-ball of a child bring to this world, and how will he change them? How will the neighboring communal friends step in to offer just the right mix of support, comfort, and consistency that will be just what this child needs?

Wrecker: A Novel is a story that spans more than two decades, showing a glimpse of how the gentle life into which this child has stumbled offers that "soft place to land." Yes, there are challenges along the way. And no apparent support from the system. We don't see any social workers checking on this child after placement, which probably was typical of the times. The rather loosely arranged placement and then later, the adoption, seem all too casual.

Meanwhile, as we learn bits and pieces of Wrecker's life, we also glimpse Lisa Fay's life inside prison from time to time. In the end, life seems to come full circle in a satisfying way. A loving story full of the miraculous possibilities of life. Four stars.
Wild Python
This book is now in my top ten of the decade. I could not put it down, nor could I control the wave of emotions it released. Summer's lyrical way of writing guides a reader through the amazing journey of people beginning to love from the depths of their souls. Not in some "made for TV" version, but the way people truly come to love. For me, it deserves the title of "literature," reaching the reader in layer after layer of connection and understanding. It's the sort of book that also leaves one pondering what happens to the characters beyond the final pages-they are created so convincingly, they cannot simply stop existing once the last words are read. They live on in the readers and I am glad to count them as members of my literary community. Can't wait for the author's next book!
Acrobat
As a foster parent myself I found this book to be captivating. In fact I didn't realize the author had been a foster parent but did have my suspicions as I read. I kept saying to my husband... "nobody would know these raw emotions and be able to describe it so distinctly unless they'd been a foster parent or had incredible insight." That being said, I believe the story of Wrecker, the chronicles of a boy and his journey and his caregivers and their journeys as a family unit and individually, should be on everyone's reading list. This novel is a triumphant success from beginning to end, the characters so real you really don't want it to end. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Kit
The author is so talented at bringing her characters to life. I loved them all. Lots of tears generated by this wonderful story. A real treat to read during a time when our world is so unstable.
Kahavor
This book talks about unconventional parenting, partnerships, and human connectedness. I found it very moving. I've been on a reading kick lately, picking out new books, skimming the first few sample pages and only buying the book if I'm hooked. Summer Wood hooked me by the second page and I ended up reading the book in a weekend. I recommend this if you like to read stories about real, flawed, human characters.
Wrecker: A Novel download epub
United States
Author: Summer Wood
ISBN: 1608192806
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First U.S. Edition edition (February 20, 2011)
Pages: 304 pages