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All the ugly and wonderful things /

by Greenwood, Bryn [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2016.Edition: First edition.Description: 346 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781250074133; 1250074134; 9781250153968; 1250153964.Subject(s): Children of drug addicts -- Fiction | Coming of age -- Fiction | Children of drug addicts | Children of drug addicts -- Fiction | Family life -- Fiction | Fiction -- Literary | Fiction -- Coming of Age | Fiction | Domestic fiction | Bildungsromans | Domestic fiction | Fiction | Domestic fictionSummary: "As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold. By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself"-- Provided by publisher.
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<p>A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.</p> <p>As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.</p> <p>By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won't soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.</p>

"As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold. By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself"-- Provided by publisher.

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Wavonna Quinn fell in love when she was eight years old. The daughter of a meth dealer in the rural Midwest, Wavy, as she preferred to be called, discovered that Kellen, one of her father's drug deliverers, was a big, kindhearted man. He would take care of her, drive her to school, make meals for her and her little brother, Donal, and protect her from the insanity of living in a compound of dealers. Despite all the ugly events in their lives, such as murders and prison sentences, the couple's largely platonic 13-year love affair endures to a kind of wonderful ending. As the narrative moves from character to character and from crimes to successes through the years, the reader is offered numerous points of view that present a range of perspectives on Wavy and Kellen's relationship. Verdict Although the book's subject matter is gritty and doesn't always make for a cheerful read, Greenwood (Lie Lay Lain; Last Will) has not rewritten Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone; still, it is well worth a reader's time to discover what happens to these characters.-Andrea Kempf, formerly with Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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