Author(s): Summer Wood
It's June of 1965 when Wrecker enters the world. The war is raging in Vietnam, San Francisco is tripping toward flower power, and Lisa Fay - a young innocent from a family farm down south - is knocked nearly sideways by life as a single mother in a city she could barely manage to navigate as just one. Three years later, she's alone again.
A classic reading group novel: everything from single motherhood to adoption is covered in this beautiful story of the meaning of family, and motherhood in particular A prize-winning author: Wood has won the Literary Gift of Freedom from the A Room of Her Own Foundation, the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, the DH Lawrence Fellowship to the Taos Writers' Conference, and Robert Olen Butler selected one of her stories for the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Competition For fans of Lorrie Moore and Maile Meloy
'A love song to well-intentioned, wholly dedicated, and deeply flawed motherhood ... Summer Wood creates more than just a great story, deftly, elegantly, and intricately told. She broadens both our notion of family, and our appreciation for whatever we call our own. Wrecker is a big-hearted, big-loving compassionate book' - Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness 'Summer Wood's remarkable novel carves its way, sentence by gorgeous sentence, into the great complexity of love and family and community. Wood movingly evokes the insatiable hunger for home - for mother - that lost children often feel, and the courage and strength they must conjure as they forge new identities. Her dialogue is so natural and full we feel as though we are illicitly eavesdropping ... A stunning and impossibly generous, big-hearted novel' - Meredith Hall, author of Without a Map
Wrecker earned Summer Wood the 2007 Literary Gift of Freedom, from the A Room of Her Own (AROHO) Foundation. Her first novel, Arroyo, was published by Chronicle Books in 2001. She lives in New Mexico.