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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Kate Burto Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is 1940 and a tragedy sends Lou and her little brother, Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwest Virginia to live with their great-grandmother. The story is told with both heartbreaking elegance and large doses of touching humor as the lives of Lou and Oz are changed forever.The portraits of the land and its people are described with an extraordinary eye for detail, and the story flows through swells of prejudice, innocence, faith, and the question of whether one can ever really wish another well. 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 those they have touched.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Wish You Well, set in [Baldacci’s] native Virginia, is a tale of hope and wonder...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...Baldacci switches deftly between lovingly detailed character description and patient development of the novel’s central plot.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Baldacci slows things down a bit [in] Wish You Well, a story he culled from his own family’s history and experiences. It’s a coming-of-age tale reminiscent of that timeless classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, where the setting—Virginia mountain coal country in the post-Depression 40s—is as much a character as any of the people who walk the pages.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “An excellent portrait of race and class distinction of the time and place, and of a young woman growing up.”


  • “Clearly inspired by his subject...Baldacci triumphs with his best novel yet, an utterly captivating drama...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...This novel has a huge heart—and millions of readers are going to love it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[An] affecting novel whose richly textured setting of southwestern Virginia in the 1940s draws on the reminiscences of his mother and grandmother...Readers of historical fiction will welcome his debut in the genre.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janelle | 2/14/2014

    " A recommendation from my husband...enjoyed the book and it was a quick read, so I will give him another shot! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this book! The book was based in Virginia and growing up here made it especially interesting. I very quick read. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by De Ann | 2/9/2014

    " Read this one for January book club. I liked it, a coming of age story set in 1940s Virginia. Interesting language and rooting factor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leonard | 2/9/2014

    " Very different than other books. Heart warming story set in Appalachian coal country of SW Virginia in 1940. 2 children are being raised by their great-grandmother. "

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