The One-in-a-million Boy

The One-in-a-million Boy

Book - 2015
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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, 2015
ISBN: 9780544617070
Branch Call Number: WOOD
Characteristics: ix, 323 pages


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Oct 10, 2020

An engaging story with an unusual plot, written in a unique way. Charming and startling.

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.

May 23, 2020

Loved this book!

Jul 28, 2019

Highly recommended

Jun 02, 2019

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

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)

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.

Mar 15, 2017

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

Jan 21, 2017

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

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