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Recovering Charles

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,071 Ratings  ·  570 Reviews
Luke Millward is a man who does not know he is lost. His girlfriend loves him; his career is going well; and every night he falls asleep knowing that his life is good and meaningful. Only when the past reveals its twisted smile in a phone call and the disconnected voice asks him to come find his father in post-Katrina New Orleans is Luke compelled to find out what kind of ...more
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Published October 22nd 2009 by Deseret Book Company (first published 2008)
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Dec 17, 2008 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If ever a book was to get a "meh" rating, this would be it. Not bad but not necessarily good, Recovering Charles tells the story of a son who finds a way to forgive his alcoholic father by searching for him throughout the wake of Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Like most "meh" books, it has some highs and lows.

The highs would be the description of New Orleans. For the first time, I felt a deep sense of horror and urgency about saving that great city. Blame it on the over-saturation we get from
Oct 30, 2008 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to preview this book for our book club...otherwise I probably would have never picked it up. I wish I hadn't anyway. I would have actually given it two stars up until the "surprise twist" ending. Nobody in their right minds would have acted the way the characters in this story did. Also, I wonder if I were a victim/survivor of Katrina, or at least searching for a loved one who was, if this book would have offended me.
Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen
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M. M. Sana
Oct 16, 2010 M. M. Sana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who wouldn't mind reading fiction about Hurricane Katrina!
Recommended to M. M. Sana by: "Jo"
This book is written appropriately in short sentences that provide the reader with vivid images, considering that the main character in the book is a photographer. The author does a beautiful job organizing two timelines of his character's present grown-up life in Manhattan, NY as a photographer and his childhood in Texas.

Luke Millward sits in his studio appartment and obssessively watches the news as they show New Orleans under water... images that perhaps we all have seen in the news when Hur
Oct 14, 2008 Lyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those curious about what really happened after Katrina
Shelves: adult
I truly appreciated a first-hand look at post-Katrina, New Orleans, without the biased, self-serving spin of the media or political figures. The story was charming and carried me along beautifully until the last chapter.

Wright spends the whole book weaving us into a very conflicted dysfunctional family. His main character has spent years trying to come to grips with his emotional baggage. Then, at the very height of all the drama, in a "pulled the rug out from under you" kind of move, he wraps
Wayne D
Oct 04, 2015 Wayne D rated it it was amazing
Amazingly beautiful story...

Life and love...especially between family members is so complicated when we allow it to be. There are great lessons in this book about redemption, forgiveness, understanding and--most especially--acceptance. My O.G.T. takeaway from this book is that I have as much baggage as anyone in my life...and so, who am I to judge them? Many thanks, Jason Wright, for your wonderful book. Also, using Katrina as the backdrop for your book reminded me of the horrors and sadness as
Janie Johnson
Jun 12, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-challenge
This book was a part of my "Why Did I Not Read These Books" challenge. And I am so glad that I chose this one to be a part of this challenge. Jason F. Wright is a first time read for me and I have to say I was not disappointed in this book. I was kind of surprised to see some of the low ratings for this book because I found it to be a great read, very touching, very emotional.

In this book we have a Luke who is a photo journalist and then we have Charles who is sax player. Charles can't deal with
Jun 03, 2009 Jodi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Heather Murphy
Nov 22, 2008 Heather Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Bookclub
A stirring relationship between a son and his father about love, forgiveness and the emotional connections with the past. Can Luke survive all these emotional burdens? What will he do with the knowledge he gains? Can he heal? Will he move forward?
The setting is New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I grew to love the city (I’ve never visited) from the descriptions in the book.
Written by an LDS author but without any clues to his religion therein other than good values, etc.
Aug 07, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, preteen 12+
“Every life has a second verse” is the theme reiterated throughout Jason Wright’s latest novel, Recovering Charles. Luke Millward receives a phone call that turns his normal life upside down. On the heels of Hurricane Katrina, Luke is told that his father is missing in New Orleans. Estranged from his father for many years, Luke decides to make the journey and join in the search. The search for his father turns out to be a discovery of the soul—both past the present for Luke.

This novel was a won
Mar 12, 2012 Shelese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun for me to read! We went to church with the Wrights(the author) in Fair Oaks and then we moved out to the Woodstock Branch which so happens to be where Jason and his family live now... so anyway in this book he has used names of people he knows, so 90% of the characters names were of people I knew as well. It was so exciting to read and hear characters introduce who are actually like the person's real name, and also when characters are introduce who are nothing like thei ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book narrated by the author. It was a good story but sad. It was a very realistic story. I could imagine this hitting home to many people.
Aug 15, 2015 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a family that loved each other, but couldn't seem to get all the emotions and reality of a harsh life in order so that they could live as a close family. Charles was a good man, a good father and a good husband but who couldn't leave the alcohol alone. His wife never got over the death of her mother so went into depression and got addicted to medications. This left their son Luke feeling alone, angry and driven to succeed. When hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the surr ...more
Jan 20, 2015 SL K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I have read lots of Jason F. Wright's novels. Not all have resonated with me.
Truly this journey of family, tragedy, struggle, healing, and the journey to understanding of parent and child was wonderfully told.
I almost wished we could have learned more about Charlie M's life that he lived in New Orleans.
The small bits that were uncovered as his son searched for him in New Orleans, the pieces that he finally put together for his heart to understand what had finally happened to his
Nov 22, 2008 JaLae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody!
Absolutely one of the worst books I have ever read. I know this sounds harsh but I think a combination of the writing style, the bland dialogue, the anti-climactic ending.....and a lot of other worthless things between the pages. The only problem with me is when I committ to read a book, it doesn't matter how bad it is....I must finish. I becomes personal and much like this book-it became a challenge. I've met the challenge and can gratefully move on...
Feb 07, 2009 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story... the end surprised but made sense, I learned things about the Katrina aftermath that I didn't learn from the news coverage... I thought it was a beautifully written story with plenty of humor as well as insightful portrayals of human nature. I learned a little something about myself!
Mar 28, 2009 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very depressing. Although, the history of hurricane Katrina and the aftermath was spot on.
Not a book for someone who has gone through tough times with family members, and has not had the closure they have been dreaming of. As for myself there will be no second chance.
Jul 25, 2009 Sherrill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a very predictable book about a young photographer who goes in to the aftermath of Katrina in search of his estranged father. Everyone he meets loves the guy so it is clear that when he actually finds him his opinion will be drastically altered.
Oct 28, 2015 Char rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the setting details--some of the writing just left too many gaps for me (spoiler): walking into the Superdome, the only description was tipped over vendor stands, and an awful stench from human waste that made him sick, which while unpleasant, did not seem so dramatic that he'd be bonding in hugs with everyone after; also, I was a bit confused about the timing of his anger in being led astray--there wasn't a lot to go on as to what was really upsetting him, and I could've eked out anothe ...more
Mar 03, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a moving story about a man searching for his father after Hurricane Katrina. It really brings home how devastating this disaster was, and how things like this bring out amazing things in people.
Jonelle Tiffany Boulter
Eh. This was just an okay book. I thought the story was a little bland. I thought it was going to be more exciting but I felt like the story droned on longer than necessary and it was a short book.
I'm rating it three stars for a couple of reasons. 1) It was clean. No language or violence or adult content. I love good clean reads. 2) The history was great. I lived to witness (on television) the events of both Hurricane Katrina and 9/11/01. I thought the account of what it must have been like to
Feb 19, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want an "outsider's" perspective of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this is a good book. It gives yoiu a taste of the effects, with a story line and a twist!
Jul 08, 2009 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had extremely low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the subtle references to the Church. Gotta love those Mormon authors!
Sep 12, 2014 Tessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book much more than I had expected to. Although it was quite sad and indeed thoroughly depressing at times, it got me thinking about things I had never really dwelled on before. I've led a relatively sheltered life, without many of the horrors others face daily, and really have not thought very much about it. I guess you could say I have been selfish although not intentionally. This book has enabled me to look beyond my own life and attempt to see the suffering others in the world ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Jacquline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2011 Cydnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on a clearance table because I liked the author. I really enjoyed it. Luke Millward is a New York photographer who receives a phone call regarding his long estranged father, Charles, following Hurricane Katrina. The story follows his journey to New Orleans in his somewhat feeble attempt to "recover" his father, and Luke's relationship with him.

Things I liked:
1- Well defined characters. Each one was unique and likeable. Jerome and his booming voice, Jez and her ever-present
I read this book for book club. Previously, I had never heard of this book. I would never had read this book had it not been chosen for book club.
I ended up not liking this book very much. Mostly because it is such a downer but I ended up giving it three stars because the mood of the book was kinda the point.
I felt pity for Luke. He got the short end of the stick and was trying to make the best out of his life. Everyone seemed to just give up around him and then they would leave. His father had
Mar 13, 2009 Mommywest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Jason Wright's best-written book yet! He employs excellent interweaving of the present and past to create a story that engages you and teaches you something as well. The New Orleans portion of Hurricane Katrina is something I've struggled to understand better, and this book takes you THERE. I was walking the deserted, grimy streets; I was floating in a longboat among household items, family pictures, and corpses. It is not a gruesome or horrifying story, but you become very sympthetic to ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
My new friend gave me a copy of Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright for Christmas last week. So sweet. It was perfect to read during the small moments of free time during the holiday.

Luke Millward has discovered success as a free-lance photographer in New York City when he gets a call from a friend of his estranged father. He discovers that his father has been living and working as a musician in New Orleans and is missing following the Katrina disaster. Halfheartedly, Luke heads to Louisiana t
Jan 14, 2011 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I thought the author did a good job of moving the story in two directions: through the main character's memories of his past (specifically scenes with his parents) and through the events currently unfolding in the main character's life. I felt the transitions between the two were seamless, and that the episodes from the past were well placed, given at a time where you could digest them without them immediately being relevant in the current time. Does that make sense? :)

It was a hard read in som
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Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.

Jason is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and Northern Virginia Daily and articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The W
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