Ernie's Ark: Stories

Ernie's Ark: Stories

by Monica Wood, Chronicle Books

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Overview

Acclaimed novelist Monica Wood again turns her keen eye and wry humor to small town Maine. Nine interrelated stories create a layered and complex portrait of a community in the midst of crisis as a strike wears on at the paper mill, and the residents of Abbott Falls feel the reverberations of the towns shifting fortune. Ernie, just days shy of retirement when the strike hits, finds new purpose in building an ark in the backyard. Written with a quiet grace and lyrical power, Ernies Ark is a moving work by a writer who understands the vagaries and hopes of the human heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811834612
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 03/28/2002
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Monica Wood is the author of the novels My Only Story (0-8118-2714-3) and Secret Language. Her fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Maine.

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Ernie's Ark 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
MJ Clough More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Each story, though connected, stands on its own and draws you further and further into the town of Abbott Falls. Kudos to the small Portland Me bookstore that helped me discover Monica Wood!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really enjoying the first chapter. Then, as soon as I started chapter two, the g-d word started. I can put up with a LOT, as far as language, but that one I CANNOT abide. There is no reason for it. I wish BN would warn the readers about language, as some of us are sensitive to it and do not want to spend good money supporting disrespectful garbage like that. I am VERY disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a fan of short stories, but the way these stories are all interwoven makes it and excellent, interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting book. A town and a few of its people in a few short stories. Well worth reading, surprisingly good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very moving, different book. Not at all what I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A quick read because it is hard to stop. Each chapter opens more interest in the characters. I may just have to read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really great read. Highly recommend!!
imkevbo More than 1 year ago
I've only read Ernie's Ark, the first story in this collection, but it was a charming, enjoyable selection! I would purchase the book for first story alone! Then, if the other stories are as entertaining, what a bargain!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book and really lost the story line of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will be looking for more from Monica Wood.
SouthernSilverReader3 More than 1 year ago
This book really draws you in & holds you in it's grip. Very touching and also humorous. Wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A kalideascope of characters around a single event.
chrn3211 More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for short stores and really liked this one as all of the stories were set in the same city/state and the characters were intertwined.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.875* of fiveThe Book Report: Ernie Whitten no longer has a purpose. He's been a pipe-fitter in Abbots Falls, Maine, at the papermill, for most of his life and now he's...retired, unemployed, not working, whatever...BORED. So he decides to build something.An ark. Like in the Bible. Maybe miracles will come with it, for Marie, his sick wife.Nine stories spin in their orbits around this one major event in Abbots Falls, involving town residents both willing and unwilling, and purposeful and aimless, and old and young.My Review: Sparkles like a gem. The writing is delectable, a sensory feast and an emotional powerhouse. The characters are all limned in quick, indelible strokes and the way Monica Wood works is to make you care just this side of too much for each of them, and then moves on to the next one, all before your readerly feet are fully under you. It's a really cool trick, gotta tell ya.I said once upon a time that I couldn't understand why this wasn't a TV series. I still don't get it. Abbotts Falls should be on the airwaves somehow. Don't hesitate to pick this book up. It will pay your attention back many times over.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this poignant collection of stories, reminiscent of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Wood explores the devastating impact of a long-term union strike against a paper mill in fictional Abbot Falls Maine. Residents of this town, who have depended on the mill and its earnings for generations are suddenly faced with making decisions they have never considered before. By using several different characters, we are able to see the consequences of this year long drag on the local economy, on individual lives, and on the extended community. So much more insightful than any reality TV you'll ever see.Central to the book is Ernie Whitten, a pipefitter at the mill who is only 3 months short of retirement when the strike begins. He now faces not only the loss of income, and the loss of his pension, but the loss of his wife who is in the terminal stages of cancer. Their only son lives in California, and is rarely in touch. To satisfy a seemingly random suggestion from his wife, Ernie begins to build an ark in the side yard. Throughout the book, the image of the ark pulls other characters into the saga. If God could work a miracle once, why not again? Perhaps if he could just get it finished and get his wife on the ark, she wouldn't leave him.Various members of another family, the Little's, are woven in as ex-spouses, town officials and strikebreakers. The CEO and owner of the mill makes an appearance early on as he tries to deal with his own problems---not just striking mill workers, but a distant and headstrong adult daughter whose own life is falling apart.The shining stars are middle-schooler Francine and her step-mother Cindy Love (ex wife of a Little) and owner of Showers of Flowers. Francine is determined that her father and Cindy will hold their marriage together and will go so far as to hide her father's infidelities to avoid losing another mother (her birth mother dumped the kids and went off to London). Her brother Kevin, surly, hurting high-schooler hates everyone, everything, and only wants to become another Thoreau living in the woods. Cindy wisely plays referee between father and son, and gives Francine the attention and mothering she's never enjoyed before.These nine stories are gems. The writing is as snappy as the breeze on a crystal clear Maine lake in the spring. I'm not sure how I ever missed this one. It's a gem, and I'm really glad that Amazon has brought it back digitally. Grab it anyway you can and rejoice that there are still writers who can bring this much joy out of this kind of sadness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read, loved the author's style of explaining each character.
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