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Monica Wood : Ernie's Ark (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

Author: Monica Wood
Title: Ernie's Ark (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
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Published in: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Date: 2003-11-04
ISBN: 0345452720
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Weight: 0.42 pounds
Size: 5.54 x 8.16 x 0.55 inches
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The paper mill looms up from the riverbank in Abbott Falls, Maine, a town once drenched with ordinary hopes and dreams, now praying for a small drop of good fortune. Ernie Whitten, a pipe fitter, was three weeks away from a pension-secured retirement when the union went on strike eight months ago. Now his wife Marie is ill. Struck with sudden inspiration, Ernie builds a giant ark in his backyard. It is a work of art for his wife; a vessel to carry them both away; or a plea for God to spare Marie, come hell or high water. As the ark takes shape, the rest of the town carries on. There’s Dan Little, a building-code enforcer who comes to fine Ernie for the ark and makes a significant discovery about himself; Francine Love, a precocious thirteen-year-old who longs to be a part of the family-like world of the union workers; and Atlantic Pulp & Paper CEO Henry John McCoy, an impatient man wearily determined to be a good father to his twenty-six-year-old daughter. The people of Abbott Falls will try their best to hold a community together, against the fiercest of odds. . . .
Reviews: Debi (USA: UT) (2008/05/18):
I adored this book. The metaphoors are wonderful, and Monica Wood is a fantastic writer. This is the first book I have ever read of hers, and I will certainly look for more.
There are nine stories, about nine people, all who have tried to move on after a strike has occured in their tiny mill town. Monica has woven the characters together, and each one of them will grab your heart and try not to let go.
The ending is very special, and the book ends with an interview with Monica Wood that really brings out things you might not have figured out in the book itself. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short stories that all weave together.

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