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A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards

A Novel

Ann Bauer


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Edward is nearly four years old when he begins his slow, painful withdrawal from the world. For those who love him -- his father, Jack; his pregnant mother, Rachel; his younger brother, Matt -- the transformation of this happy, intelligent firstborn into a sleepless, feral stranger is a devastating blow, one that will send shockwaves through every nook and cranny of family life.

A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards is the story of Edward's descent into autism, and Rachel and Jack's struggle to sustain their marriage under this unanticipated strain. Threaded through the novel, too, is the tale of Rachel's late uncle Mickey, who may have suffered from a similar disorder during a time when society's notions of parenting, pediatrics, and psychology were dramatically different from today's. As Rachel delves into her own family history in search of answers, flashbacks to Mickey's life afford moving insights into both the nature of childhood trauma and the coping mechanisms that families employ. Carefully crafted and deeply entertaining, A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards reveals the author's remarkable gift for language and offers a striking exploration of domestic life that will resonate with readers everywhere.

Praise For A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards: A Novel

"Recalls the early work of Sue Miller and Anne Tyler." -- Providence Journal

"A triumph of good writing." -- The Washington Post

"Bauer expertly maps the ferocity and anguish of a parent's love for a child . . . [in a] spell of exceptional storytelling." -- Entertainment Weekly

"A beautifully rendered novel . . . [of] searing and often heartbreaking passion." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This is a phenomenal first novel, a story of mother love . . . told with delicacy and humor." -- Garrison Keillor

"Bauer's prose often pierces with authentic, unsentimental power." -- Publishers Weekly

Scribner, 9780743269506, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 4, 2006

About the Author

Ann Bauer is an essayist, journalist, and fiction writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and, among other publications. Currently a visiting professor at Macalester College, she lives with her three children in Minneapolis. Please visit her website,