The One-in-a-Million Boy

Monica Wood
Headline Review • 2016

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 ...f your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school? For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records–obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his son's unfinished Boy Scout badge.For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the wily 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver — and that's the least of her secrets. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood, a boy who was always listening, always learning.The One-in-a-Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.
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HODNOTENIE:   ***"- Ona, ahoj,- zašepkal Quinn, keď k nej pristúpil. Mala zatvorené oči a nehybnú, ale nezvyčajne ružovkastú tvár, akú občas mávajú ľudia v rakve.-Prepáč, ale oči neotvorím,- zamrmlala. -Idem spať.--Nie, nie-, prosíkal. -Musíš dostať rekord za vodičský preukaz. -Zahľadel sa na záhadný výraz v tvári. A to ani nespomínam rekord za najdlhší život. Veď si pomysli na tú madam[...]

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Quinn Porter sa o svojho syna veľmi nezaujímal. Nerozumel mu, takže nikdy nemali ten správny vzťah. Zistí, že chlapec zomrel. Vracia sa domov plný výčitiek. Myslí si, že keď dokončí jeho skautský projekt, tak svoj dlh splatí. Chlapec pomáhal stoštyriročnej pani. Jeho otec ani netuší, aké prekvapenia mu stará dáma pripraví. Na jej vek je veľmi vitálna. Nevie, že sa so synom delila o jedno[...]

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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?

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records–obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his son's unfinished Boy Scout badge.

For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the wily 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver — and that's the least of her secrets. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood, a boy who was always listening, always learning.

The One-in-a-Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.