The One-in-a-million Boy

The One-in-a-million Boy

Book - 2016
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After his eleven-year-old son dies, guitarist Quinn Porter does yard work for an aged Lithuanian immigrant, Ona Vitkus, whom his son had often visited and comes to a resolution about his son's death as Ona discusses his son's capacity to listen and learn.
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780544617070
054461707X
Branch Call Number: FIC WOOD
Characteristics: ix, 323 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: One in a million boy

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RM_9
Jul 17, 2020

Beautifully and eloquently written. This story has stayed with me for a long time. Strong characters and while flawed, love and redemption see them through. No tied up endings with pretty bows but leaves you feeling like, "Wow, that was such a good book." Didn't want it to end.

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lindemuldercr
May 23, 2020

Loved this book!

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kathwelsh
Jul 28, 2019

Highly recommended

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paula_wagenerlutz
Jun 02, 2019

This book is a lovely read, full of complex characters. I appreciated the taped interview pieces particularly. A delight!

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feralranger
Mar 13, 2019

This is not a spoiler as you learn right away that an 11 year old boy dies, but what you also learn is how his death brings together a circle of people who loved him. They learn to heal and honor his life and in doing so honor their own lives.
It is a wonderful story of back-stories including the boy's best friend, a 104 year old woman who with his help was hoping to break a Guinness world record and help him earn a scout badge.
A good story of grief, regret and forgiveness.

You think you are getting a light, ‘fast read’ kind of book when you first pick this one up, especially at the start, but once you get into it, the themes that emerge can be thought provoking. Loss is the main premise and the author gives it to us in many angles, of a child, a parent, a marriage. Even if you think this description sounds depressing, I feel Monica Wood has handled all of this with a gentle hand and humour. This book was recommended to me and I’m definitely going to recommend it to others. (Submitted by Renee)

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bibliomum
Apr 27, 2017

I loved the context of this book. A great story. I gave it a 3 because it was definitely not a quick read for me.

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becker
Mar 15, 2017

Great dialogue and highly likeable characters make this a heart warming cozy read.

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nancyau12
Jan 21, 2017

Highly recommended to me by Pat from Bookclub. She said I would love this book

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fadzie
Oct 21, 2016

Such a beautiful story. Believable, likeable characters taking the reader through their stories - love, loss, redemption - connecting just by living the day to day and being human. So sad but also hopeful and inspiring.

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