Land of a Hundred Wonders
From the national bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark comes another funny, poignant, unforgettable story.
The summer Gibby McGraw catches her big break, the cicadas are humming, and it's so warm even the frogs are sweating. Brain damaged after a tragic car accident that took both her parents, Gibby is now NQR (Not Quite Right), a real challenge for a fledgling news...more
I'm not going to write a synopsis of this book, the back cover and the blurbs here and on Amazon sum up the story pretty well. What I am going to say is that this book is really well written. I heard Gibby's voice in my head, not my voice rea...more
Gifted bestselling author, Lesley Kagen, has weaved another masterful yarn with her second publication, Land of A Hundred Wonders. Set in a small, rural town in Kentucky, we are quickly immersed in the dialect, culture and world of the 1970's. The heroine, Gabby McGraw, has suffered a terrible accident and family tragedy and struggles to rebuild her identity, memories, relationships and family network. Through the masterful use of metaphor, humor and intrigue, Kagen humanizes universal struggles...more
I rarely give up on a book, but I couldn't wait any longer for something to happen.
I know that Gibby was NQR and felt like the author wasn't willing to write an involved story line in order to have the reader get the sense that Gibby needed things to be simple.
While out looking for her next big story she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky, Buster Malloy. She figures if she can solve the murder and write a fantastic news article she will show everyone including her mother in heaven that she is on the road to bec...more
Though she survived the wreckage that took her parents lives one rainy summer night, that near-fatal car accident left Gibby McGraw N(ot).Q(uite).R(ight).
While she spends her mornings working at Grandpa Charlie's Top o'the Morning Diner, her afternoons visiting the residents of Cray Ridge, Kentucky, running errands while Grandpa fishes, and gathering information to put in the stories she writes for Gibby's Gazette, Gibby also realizes everyone in town thinks s...more
"I know how you favor those knock-knock jokes as much as Grampa," I say, swiping off eraser crumbs. "So I'm real sorry, but I don't have time to be honing my sense of humor right now. It's vital I get this story done."
"Being knocked up don't have nuthin' to do with a joke. It ain't funny."
"Well, what does it have to do with then?" I ask, fussy. Besides feeling like a full-out failure when I don't understand what something means, I fear Mama's gonna wear her pacing...more
While she spends her mornings working at Grandpa Charlie's Top o'the Morning Diner, her afternoons visiting the residents of Cray Ridge, Kentucky, running errands while Grandpa fishes, and gathering information to put in the stories she writes for Gibby's Gazette, Gibby also realizes everyone in town thinks she's diminished. Heck, even Sheriff...more
Gibby's doctors said she may improve if her brain is stimulated enough, but after three years, Grampa has nearly given up hope that she will ever be QR (Quite Right) and he just wants to keep her safe, which is complicated when a be...more
This is the second of Lesley Kagen's books for me and they've both pleas...more
Brain damaged after a tragic accident that killed both her mother and her father, Gibby has trouble remembering and focusing. While hard at first to follow her train of thought, the story gears up as little by little people, most notably the unbeknownst to her, love of her li...more
Is it possible for anyone not to love Gibby, the NQR (not quite right) heroine on a mission to become QR (quite right)? I'm betting not. Gibby is one those characters I wish I could chat with over a cup of tea. I missed her when I was finished reading...more
Last year I read "Whistling in the Dark" by Lesley Kagen and enjoyed it. When I came across "Land of Hundred Wonders" in a used book store during a vacation in Longmont, CO, I was more than willing to give it a try -- particularly since there is a journalism angle, albeit a loose angle.
The biggest disappointment of this novel lies in the emotion falling flat. The reader is supposed to care Gibby's parents died in a car crash, but the sentimentality of that is never sol...more
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"Why'd I wanna do that?" she says so damn snippy.
"Because on my return visit you can count on my beatin' the ever-lovin' shit outta you with a rusty shovel. Twice.”