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"When you live in an old house, the remodeling and rehabilitatingnever end. I guess the same is true when you belong to a family."A ruined old schoolhouse and a loving, troubled family are at theheart of The Little Lucky, a reflec tion of the many ways in which aplace can shape and be shaped by family. In discerning and nimbleprose, Gail Wells tells the story of how she and her husband movedfrom their tiny Seattle apartment to her grandfather's house, formerlyan abandoned schoolhouse, near the Little Luckiamute River ofwestern Oregon.They work earnestly to transform the slantwise structure into a homeand discover both joy and frustration along the way. With wry clarity,Wells reveals the tangled dream of living in rural Oregon—achronically flooded basement, mouse skeletons inside the bathroomwalls, and the relentless struggle to fix the unfixable—all while raisinga family and salvaging a place alive with memories.Amid the angst of tearing down and building up, Wells discoverssomething unexpec ted: a sense of honorable struggle and the grace ofgetting what you need rather than what you want. These stories revealan intimate geography and the dynamic between family and ahomeplace. And these are also stories of acceptance, "of doing whatyou can and letting the rest go; of learning what is precious and whatis expendable; of the surprising solace of surrendering to the possible;and of gratitude for incredible good luck."

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GAIL WELLS is an essayist and anindependent writer and editor specializingin natural resource topics. She is the authorof The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes ofAge (OSU Press) and Lewis and Clark MeetOregon's Forests, coauthored with DawnAnzinger (distributed by OSU Press). Wellswas awarded a fellowship for the Summer2006 Fishtrap Gathering. She lives inCorvallis, Oregon.

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John Wells, August 9, 2007 (view all comments by John Wells)
This is an excellent book written by a sensitive woman who raised children and lived with a loving husband. Over the years she kept diaries and wrote essays as she learned about both herself and her immediate and extended family. The writing is finely crafted and reads with the polish one would expect to find in fine art. I have spoken with several other people who have also read this book and without exception they not only enjoyed, but were moved by it. I heartily recommend this book if you like real stories about real people and what happens sometimes in life. This is not a kiss and tell. It is just a family geography. Garrison Keillor would like this book.
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