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David Baldacci
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21 Nov 2003

Tragedy strikes the New York-based Cardinal family when their car is involved in a terrible accident. Twelve-year-old Lou and seven-year-old Oz survive, but the crash leaves their father dead and their mother in a coma. It would seem their world has been shattered forever until their great-grandmother, Louisa Mae, agrees to raise the children on her Virginia mountain farm.

But before long their rural idyll is threatened by the discovery of natural gas on the mountain. Determined to protect her home from the ravages of big business, Louisa Mae refuses to sell, but when the neighbours hear of the potential wealth the company could bring, they begin to turn against her. And now the Cardinal family find themselves ensnared in another battle, to be played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom: a battle for justice, for survival, and for the right to stay together in the only place they know as home.

Filled with both rich humour and desperate poignancy, WISH YOU WELL is a tale of family, faith, humanity and prejudice, set against the magical backdrop of the Virginia high rock.'Baldacci triumphs with his best novel yet, an utterly captivating drama.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (21 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419697
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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David Baldacci has made a name for himself crafting big, burly legal thrillers with larger-than-life plots. However, Wish You Well, set in his native Virginia, is a tale of hope and wonder and "something of a miracle" just itching to happen. This shift from contentious urbanites to homespun hill families may come as a surprise to some of Baldacci's fans--but they can rest assured: the author's sense of pacing and exuberant prose have made the leap as well.

The year is 1940. After a car accident kills 12-year-old Lou's and seven-year-old Oz's father and leaves their mother Amanda in a catatonic trance, the children find themselves sent from New York City to their great-grandmother Louisa's farm in Virginia. Louisa's hardscrabble existence comes as a profound shock to precocious Lou and her shy brother. Still struggling to absorb their abandonment, they enter gamely into a life that tests them at every turn--and offers unimaginable rewards. For Lou, who dreams of following in her father's literary footsteps, the misty, craggy Appalachians and the equally rugged individuals who make the mountains their home quickly become invested with an almost mythic significance:

They took metal cups from nails on the wall and dipped them in the water, and then sat outside and drank. Louisa picked up the green leaves of a mountain spurge growing next to the springhouse, which revealed beautiful purple blossoms completely hidden underneath. "One of God's little secrets," she explained. Lou sat there, cup cradled between her dimpled knees, watching and listening to her great-grandmother in the pleasant shade...
Baldacci switches deftly between lovingly detailed character description (an area in which his debt to Laura Ingalls Wilder and Harper Lee seems evident) and patient development of the novel's central plot. If that plot is a trifle transparent--no one will be surprised by Amanda's miraculous recovery or by the children's eventual battle with the nefarious forces of industry in an attempt to save their great-grandmother's farm--neither reader nor character is the worse for it. After all, nostalgia is about remembering things one already knows. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Baldacci triumphs with his best novel yet, an utterly captivating drama. This novel has a huge heart' (Publisher's Weekly); 'He is able to deliver eloquently what the public wants' (Guardian)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Read 15 Dec 2000
Format:Hardcover
'Wish You Well' is a superb novel written by a man normally associated with stories of mystery and intrigue. The theme is simple but beautifully portrayed and is obviously the result of some studied and in-depth research, combined with a degree of personal experience. It takes the reader into a world of hardship, joy, love and personal triumph, somtimes in the face of the harsh realities of the 1940's and the prejudice's that existed during that time. One can't help but re-live the lives of the two young children, whilst at the same time experience the anguish suffered by the more elder members of the mountain community, who live with nature and are dependent on it's mercy. This is a book of sheer escapism combined with a compelling story-line. Absolutely brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Wish You Well 23 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a long standing follower of David Baldacci I found this book to be very different to his usual plots. I enjoyed it and gave it four stars but if it had been the first one I had read by this author I might not have become such an avid fan.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE ME HOME...COUNTRY HOME... 19 Jan 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Having read a number of David Baldacci's books, most of which are well written, engrossing thrillers, this one is quite different. It is not a thriller but, rather, a beautifully written, human drama, most of which takes place in the mountains of Virginia. In this unabridged, audio book edition, the richness of the drama and the beauty of the writing is brought to life by the wonderful narration of Norma Lana, who manages to convey the down home sense of feeling that is palpable in the book.
This is a coming of age story. It is the story of the Cardinal family, as seen through the young eyes of twelve year old Louisa Mae Cardinal, known as Lou, a precocious twelve year old, whose father is a highly acclaimed writer of note with great literary distinction but little commercial success. She lives with her beloved father, her mother, and her younger brother, Oz, in New York City. The year is 1940. The family is on the brink of moving to California, when tragedy strikes, and the lives of Lou, Oz, and their mother are forever changed.
Lou, Oz, and their now catatonic mother go to live with their paternal great-grandmother, Louisa, for whom Lou is named. This no nonsense, strong willed, loving matriarch lives high up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, where Lou's father grew up, and that is where Lou and Oz will now grow up. They are strangers in a strange land, big city children now living on a farm without electricity, running water, or central heat. It is there that Lou comes of age and, together with her brother, Oz, has many new experiences. They are experiences that provide rights of passage and life lessons in friendship, loyalty, loss, and redemption. She gets a large dose of the good, the bad, and the ugly in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE ME HOME...COUNTRY HOME... 31 Dec 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Having read a number of David Baldacci's books, most of which are well written, engrossing thrillers, this one is quite different. It is not a thriller but, rather, a beautifully written, human drama, most of which takes place in the mountains of Virginia.
This is a coming of age story. It is the story of the Cardinal family, as seen throught the young eyes of twelve year old Louisa Mae Cardinal, known as Lou, a precocious twelve year old, whose father is a highly acclaimed writer of note with great literary distinction but little commercial success. She lives with her beloved father, her mother, and her younger brother, Oz, in New York City. The year is 1940. The family is on the brink of moving to California, when tragedy strikes, and the lives of Lou, Oz, and their mother are forever changed.
Lou, Oz, and their now catatonic mother go to live with their paternal great-grandmother, Louisa, for whom Lou is named. This no nonsense, strong willed, loving matriarch lives high up in the the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, where Lou's father grew up, and that is where Lou and Oz will now grow up. They are strangers in a strange land, big city children now living on a farm without electricity, running water, or central heat. It is there that Lou comes of age and, together with her brother, Oz, has many new experiences. They are experiences that provide rights of passage and life lessons in friendship, loyalty, loss, and redemption. She gets a large dose of the good, the bad, and the ugly in life.
While there, big business threatens their way of life and pits the townsfolk against each other in a struggle for survival.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE ME HOME...COUNTRY HOME 5 Nov 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Having read a number of David Baldacci's books, most of which are well written, engrossing thrillers, this one is quite different. It is not a thriller but, rather, a beautifully written, human drama, most of which takes place in the mountains of Virginia. The richness of the drama and the beauty of the writing manages to convey the down home sense of feeling that is palpable in throughout the book.
This is a coming of age story. It is the story of the Cardinal family, as seen throught the young eyes of twelve year old Louisa Mae Cardinal, known as Lou, a precocious twelve year old, whose father is a highly acclaimed writer of note with great literary distinction but little commercial success. She lives with her beloved father, her mother, and her younger brother, Oz, in New York City. The year is 1940. The family is on the brink of moving to California, when tragedy strikes, and the lives of Lou, Oz, and their mother are forever changed.
Lou, Oz, and their now catatonic mother go to live with their paternal great-grandmother, Louisa, for whom Lou is named. This no nonsense, strong willed, loving matriarch lives high up in the the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, where Lou's father grew up, and that is where Lou and Oz will now grow up. They are strangers in a strange land, big city children now living on a farm without electricity, running water, or central heat. It is there that Lou comes of age and, together with her brother, Oz, has many new experiences. They are experiences that provide rights of passage and life lessons in friendship, loyalty, loss, and redemption. She gets a large dose of the good, the bad, and the ugly in life.
While there, big business threatens their way of life and pits the townsfolk against each other in a struggle for survival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Book
Different as this book is to any other great Baldacci book I have read it was exceptional. Wonderful characters, some heartbreak but undoubtedly a book to inspire one to greater... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Anne Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good offering from David Baldacci
I enjoyed this book from one of my favourite authors of the moment but it dose not have the excitement of his adventure stories. Read more
Published 12 days ago by BobHill
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadn't read it!!!
I found this book disappointing. It didn't read like a Baldacci story. It took forever to get to the action. It didn't come up to his usual high standard.
Published 16 days ago by Ms Christine Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well written and uplifting story
I have read several books by David Badacci and found this to be an absorbing and well constructed story with many illuminating pieces of information about life in a small back... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mr. David E. Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars wish you well
I am half way through this and not finding it as good as his others but keep coming back to it I prefer his Maxwell type books.
Published 29 days ago by mr darcy
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual for this author
enjoyed this, a definite change for this author and enjoyed it, with all the background detail in it. perhaps a bit too predictable tho'
Published 1 month ago by Davina Coe
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish youi well
I purchased this book for a friend who is an avid admirer of the author David Baldacci, he was very pleased.
Published 1 month ago by JGarnem
5.0 out of 5 stars wish you well..
I liked every line and was compelled to not put it down. I would recommend it to all. Good reading
Published 2 months ago by Alma Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS BOOK
Could have just carried on reading this book for weeks. The way this book is written, you feel like you could be on the mountain and seeing all the scenery. Just lovely. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars David Baldacci Great Author with a softer side than his usual books
Enjoyed this Baldacci novel quite different from his usual books but his writing is non the less first class.. A first class read
Published 3 months ago by Linda Farrow
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