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Ernie's Ark

A collection of compelling stories about love, laughter and life in a small town

By Monica Wood

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One small town, nine unforgettable stories: a beautiful collection from the acclaimed author of THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY, perfect for readers of ELIZABETH IS MISSING and A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD.

A heart-wrenching story collection from the acclaimed author of THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY, Monica Wood. ERNIE'S ARK tells interconnected stories of a small town's people, determined to survive... Perfect for those who love reading Anne Tyler, Joanna Cannon and Emma Healey.

'Loving character portraits... help us understand the human condition' Boston Globe

Abbott Falls, Maine, a town once drenched with ordinary hopes and dreams, is now praying for a small drop of good fortune. Ernie Whitten - out of a job and tending to his ill wife - needs it more than most. Struck with sudden inspiration, Ernie builds a giant ark in his backyard. It is a work of art, a vessel to carry them both away, and a plea to God to spare Marie, come hell or high water.

As the ark takes shape, the rest of the town carries on.

There's Dan Little, sent to fine Ernie for building the ark, who makes a significant discovery about himself. Francine Love is a precocious thirteen-year-old who longs to be part of a family. And CEO Henry John McCoy, an impatient man determined to be a good father to his twenty-six-year-old daughter.

The people of Abbott Falls will try their best to hold their community together, against the fiercest of odds...

What readers are saying about ERNIE'S ARK:

'An astounding book. Built one piece at a time, one story on top of the next until the reader is left with a magnificent monument to its characters'

'A gorgeous collection about the meaning of life, the beauty of the mundane, the quiet, day-to-day events that make up our lives and define who we are. The perfect book'

'Monica Wood writes this series of interrelated short stories with heart and intelligence. Honest and heart-warming'

Biographical Notes

Monica Wood is an award-winning, bestselling novelist and memoirist. Born in Maine, New England, to an Irish Catholic family, she worked as a guidance counsellor and in a nursing home before becoming a full-time writer. She is also a singer, and travelled the New England circuit singing jazz, country, pop and gospel for many years. She lives in Maine with her husband.

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  • ISBN: 9781472232007
  • Publication date: 23 Mar 2017
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Piercingly beautiful... Intelligent and warm-hearted... Quietly wonderful fiction — Cleveland Plain Dealer
A masterpiece... Wood's stories are filled with light and hope — Titan Magazine
Wood handles each voice with such grace... Her prose is careful yet still quivers — San Francisco Chronicle
Loving character portraits that form [these] stories help us understand not only the people of Maine but also the human condition — The Boston Globe
Praise for THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY: Beautifully written, cleverly constructed, at times hilariously funny and ultimately deeply affecting - this should be a smash' — Sunday Mirror
Clever, intricate plot, beautifully sketched characters and life-affirming message of self-discovery — Stylist
A lovely, quirky novel about misfits across generations — Daily Mail
Curl up and enjoy this bewitching novel — Woman & Home
This inspirational tale of friendship, world records and following dreams is a stunner — Heat
Piercingly beautiful... Intelligent and warm-hearted... Quietly wonderful fiction
A masterpiece... Wood's stories are filled with light and hope
Wood handles each voice with such grace... Her prose is careful yet still quivers
Loving character portraits that form [these] stories help us understand not only the people of Maine but also the human condition
Praise for THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY: Beautifully written, cleverly constructed, at times hilariously funny and ultimately deeply affecting - this should be a smash'
Clever, intricate plot, beautifully sketched characters and life-affirming message of self-discovery
A lovely, quirky novel about misfits across generations
Curl up and enjoy this bewitching novel
This inspirational tale of friendship, world records and following dreams is a stunner
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