For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yardwork for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for oldest licensed driver. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood.
©2016 Monica Wood (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
This is a wonderful story that balances loss, survival, growth, and hope. The narration is outstanding, and I am picky about narrators. Very well done!
Thank you for such a Great story. This wonderful look into the life of Ms. Vitcus did an excellent portrayal of the shrinking world many senior adults experience. And the difference anyone can make in a life. This heartwarming journey with amazing narration caused my hour commute to fly by
The narrator did a fantastic job!
The story was very good. This book is one of my favorites by far.
Wow! This book is both powerful and quiet. There is a stillness that runs throughout the text, but small moments culminate in a very powerful theme. The book explores the life of Ona Vitkus through the eyes of her young helper, often just called The Boy. Like real life, the large is made up of the small, both beautiful and tragic. The boy is gone, leaving his semi involved father to "inherit" his responsibilities with Ona. Though reluctant, the father, Quinn, learns much about himself and his son through his relationship with Ona. Like much of literary fiction, the emphasis is on character development and theme, but there is enough plot to keep the reader's attention. Well worth the read.
Although it was packed with sadness (and hope born of the sadness), the truth it reveals is poignant: we often can't see how we impact others until there's damage or loss. At times, the list reading annoyed me, but I imagine it would be like real life with a boy like this one (that's to say often sweet but sometimes annoying). The way the final chapter was delivered, however, was perfect and I admit I got teary. This story made me want to know someone 104 and actually hear their stories!
I enjoyed this book. The story was very entertaining. It was very nice meeting all of the characters and they were presented well.
My only issue was that later in the book, the chapters where the old lady interacted with the little boy only only included the old lady's comments. That was quite distracting and did not allow the reader to fully connect with the little boy character, which was the main character to connect with.
But aside from that, this is an enjoyable book and I would recommend it.
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