How I Saved My Father's Life: (And Ruined Everything Else)

How I Saved My Father's Life

(And Ruined Everything Else)

By Ann Hood
(Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780439928199, 218pp.)

Publication Date: March 2008

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Twelve-year-old Madeline believes she can perform miracles.  And her biggest one to date is saving her father from an avalanche.  But, unmiraculously, he divorces Madeline’s mother after his recovery, writes a book about the avalanche, becomes a celebrity, and marries Ava Pomme, a renowned tart maker.  

When he leaves, Madeline is left with her mother, who is slowly coming undone; her hypochondriac little brother, who spends his days worrying about air-bag safety; a house that is falling apart around her; and no clue how to perform the miracle that will fix it all.

Amidst ballet lessons, insufferable recipe experiments for her mother’s Family magazine column, and a life-changing trip to Italy, Madeline learns the true meaning of faith—and family—in this moving novel by acclaimed author Ann Hood.




About the Author
Ann Hood is the author of works of fiction including the bestseller The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer, as well as a memoir, Comfort. She is also the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. The winner of two Pushcart prizes as well as Best American Food Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing awards, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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