The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder

The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder Wilson Ryder is the compelling story of a physically disfigured artist s search for creative self expression as he struggles for success in the New York art world and escape from the shadow of his mot

Wilson Ryder is the compelling story of a physically disfigured artist s search for creative self expression as he struggles for success in the New York art world and escape from the shadow of his mother, a now famous painter who had abandoned him as a child.

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  1. 1 best selling author Michael French graduated from Stanford University and Northwestern University He is a businessman and author who divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico He is an avid high altitude mountain trekker, as well as a collector of first editions of twentieth century fiction.He has published twenty four books, including fiction, young adult fiction, biographies, and art criticism His novel, Abingdon s, was a bestseller and a Literary Guild Alternate Selection His young adult novel, Pursuit, was awarded the California Young Reader Medal The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder was published January 2013.Mountains Beyond Mountains was published April 2013.Once Upon a Lie was published March 2016.

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  1. view spoiler Life for five year old Will Ryder is defined by a face left horribly disfigured by fire Though his English professor father and precocious sister comfort and support him, the mother who abandoned them all can never be forgotten Growing up, Will believes that looking at him is what drove her away.When a psychologist urges him to explore his memory of the fire, he chooses instead to suppress its pain and trauma Will takes up painting for both solace and a refuge from bullying at schoo [...]


  2. Once I picked this book up I did not want to put it down I found myself trying to sneak in an extra few pages of reading every chance I got The Ryders seemed so alive and real to me I felt a connection to the characters and cared about them so much that it was hard for me to stop reading As the mother of a child with cleft lip and palate I could relate to fierce protectiveness of Will s father and sister I understand that animal instinct that takes over when someone cruelly harms your child I co [...]


  3. This book ranks right up there with To Kill a Mockingbird Has this yet been nominated for any literary awards such as the Pulitzer or Booker Prize I received this book for free from a giveaway I have not been compensated for this review.Oh my God I want to read this book over and over and over again The only other book I feel the same way about is Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird A touch of Holden Caulfield, a smidge of Phillip Pirrip and a dash of Jean Louise Scout Finch And let s not forget [...]


  4. My cousin recommended The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder to me At first, I was hesitant to read it since my taste runs to suspense mysteries But I m so glad I did pick up this character rich page turner The author is a wonderful storyteller, and I found myself engaged by each member of the Ryder family They will all stay in your mind long after you finish, particularly the narrator, Wilson, who sees the world in a very special way.


  5. Michael French s writing style pulls the reader in easily from the beginning Each character is uniquely fascinating Wilson Ryder is a talented young artist who explores the art world and the perspective of beauty from the viewpoint of someone disfigured by burns as a small child New Mexico, Chicago, and New York City provide the perfect cultural settings for the unfolding story of this young artist and his family through personal challenges and complex relationships It s a great read.


  6. The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder by Michael French is a well written first person narrative that chronicles the life of a physically and emotionally scarred boy from New Mexico who strives to make it in New York in the ultra competitive world of fine art painting Wilson, the protagonist, is a survivor in every sense of the word He has survived a devastating house fire that leaves his face permanently disfigured, forcing him to find his way as a pariah in a culture that values outward beauty t [...]


  7. This book is a first person narrative told from the point of view of one Will Ryder, a child and then a man physically and emotionally scarred from a young age, first by an accidental fire and then by the abrupt departure of his mother Raised by his indulgent father and devoted sister Hannah, Will struggles to come to grips with his scars as he approaches adulthood He eventually comes back into the orbit of his emotionally distant Mother, an acclaimed artist She has sloughed off the responsibili [...]


  8. It s a struggle in the visual art world Art should not just be about what looks beautiful It is expressing a thought, feeling or emotion in a way that can t be expressed with just words And those things are not always pretty Some of the most interesting paintings don t fit the standard description of beautiful This is what Wilson s life is like He has had a rich and full life He is very smart and talented Buy he also has been burned and his face and his soul both carry the ugly scars Wilson trie [...]


  9. I found that every character involved with Will Ryder touched me Each characterhad their individual struggles yet found the strength to continue to moveforward Will began at a very early age with the struggle of fitting in due tohis disfigurement Many young adults find themselves feeling as outcasts and notfitting in because society in general judges by appearance.The vivid and colorful descriptions of the art world was an added bonus WhileWill Ryder no doubt had enormous talent he found solace [...]


  10. Michael really brings to life Wilson Ryder as you are reading it you tend to forget that its a fictional character you start to think that its a real biography Its a book full of pain and heartache and how one man tries to understand and overcome.Overall I liked this book however i thought that parts where drown out with lots of details and other parts that I would have liked details Definitely a thought provoking book making you double think how you view life and the world around you


  11. 3.5 stars, actually Michael French s prose is clean, the story flows well, the characters are engaging flawed, believable I love how Will finds the artist in himself and emerges from adversity with his soul intact I m a sucker for stories about redemption through love and art, and this one didn t disappoint on that score.So why 3.5 stars instead of 4 The ending was just a little too pat for cynical, pessimistic me.


  12. I loved this giveaway book The story of Wilson was full of surprises I felt both the joys and sorrows that Wilson encountered All in all this is a well written book that is a great read.


  13. If you like stories about family dynamics, modern art, overcoming obstacles and self discovery, read this book It s deftly imagined, artfully told and compelling to read.



  14. Very good novel by an author I d never heard of Thank you for introducing me to such great books and writers.I won this book on


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