Historical novel set in early 20th Century PETROGRAD
The One-In-A-Million Boy
Winner of the Nautilus Award and the New England Society Book Award, Monica Wood’s The One-in-a-Million Boy is the incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house–a friendship that touches each member of the boy’s unmoored family.
“The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?”
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she’s confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.
One Saturday, the boy doesn’t show up. Ona starts to think he’s not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son’s good deed. The boy’s mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.
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