This novel, set in rural upstate New York, draws together characters from three generations with very different backgrounds and values. Uncle Percy, 72, is infirm, irascible, and poor. He has never married, and his only remaining family is a far-flung one of cousins and nieces. His niece, Joelene Mathieson, is persuaded to come from California to care for him since she needs a home and a way to escape her ex-lover, a man with mob connections. Joelene drives cross-country in a broken-down, bright orange mustang with a black top accompanied by her pot-smoking teenage son, George, who is a high school dropout. How these three come to terms with themselves and with each other, finding love and meaning in family ties they have never experienced before, provides a heartwarming story as well as a wonderful insight into life in small town America with all its absurdities, eccentricities, and wonderment. --Ruth Johnson, Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Joelene Mathieson wasn't use to staying in one place for long, But Uncle Percy and his Ark has other ideas.
Joelene Mathieson is ready for yet another of her many fresh starts on life when she arrives in upstate New York to take care of her grouchy old Uncle Percy...whether he wants to be taken care of or not. She brings along her teenage son George, her orange Mustang, a picture of her pink dream house, and not much else. But as she soon finds out, the problems she left behind are nothing compared to what's waiting for her. Yet, some amazing things start to happen, and Joelene finds that for the first time in a long time, she's not alone in coping with her problems. The color may be wrong, but maybe, just maybe, she really has found the house of her dreams.