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A Few Kinds of Wrong [Paperback]

Tina Chaulk
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Oct. 5 2009
Mechanic Jennifer Collins is a woman in a man's world, but since her father's sudden death her world has been falling apart. Now she's in a losing battle, risking everything to cling to the past while everyone else moves forward. In A Few Kinds of Wrong, Tina Chaulk takes us into the garage and tells the poignant story of Jennifer, her pain, her loves, and her coming to terms with reality. Above all, this story reminds us that memories - those one cannot forget and others one battles to hold onto - can never be controlled. (2010-03-17)

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"Gut-painful and gut-funny, A Few Kinds of Wrong takes us down a journey of loss, deception, self-destruction and love. Chaulk writes deftly of the hilarity and pathos of being human, of faults and failures, of suffering and joy. Palpable characters and solid storytelling. -Michelle Butler Hallett, author of Double-blind and Sky Waves (2010-07-30)

"I enjoyed A Few Kinds of Wrong, a book that engages the reader in a subject rarely treated in modern fiction -- the shattering, unreasoned grief of a daughter when her beloved father dies. Tina Chaulk has a talent for getting inside the always quirky and often perverse sensibility of her protagonist, a young woman coming to terms with flawed memories, misunderstood relationships and a reinterpretation of family history." -Bernice Morgan, award-winning author of Cloud of Bone and Random Passage (2010-07-30)

“It is good solid stuff with unexpected yet authentic twists, and people you are interested in. A book like this is why people read.” -Joan Sullivan, The Telegram (2010-07-30)

"There were times when I felt like giving Jennifer a shake. By the time I closed the book, however, having witnessed Jennifer begin to untangle herself from the shackles of her oh-so-human faults, my emotions had changed. I’d grown fond of Jennifer, p’raps even begun to love her a little, and not just because she could fix my car. -Harold Walters, The Southern Gazette (2010-07-30)

"One of Chaulk’s strengths as a writer is her descriptive ability… Another strength of Chaulk’s is her ability to create realistic characters… A Few Kinds of Wrong is funny, poignant, and has a sense of desperation, a need to fix things, that many of us feel at times in our lives." -Sharon Hunt, The Chronicle Herald (2010-07-30)

"It's the story of a flawed but ultimately likable young woman. It's simultaneously painful and funny to watch Jennifer cope with her life. Funny because Chaulk has the gift of summarizing the human condition in a few words words, and painful for the same reason." -Jean Graham, Northeast Avalon Times (2010-07-30)

"The plot plays out loud like a script, with most of the characters coming to life through dialogue. A Few Kinds of Wrong is gut wrenching and sarcastic, balanced with true life." -Gina Gill The Current (2010-07-30)

About the Author

Tina Chaulk lives in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador, with her husband and two sons while writing and working in a variety of freelance technical roles.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Canadian Women's Contemporary Fiction Dec 23 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I really liked A Few Kinds of Wrong. It's much heavier than chick lit, but that didn't deter from my enjoyment. I laughed, and cried and wanted to shake sense into Jennifer at times and felt every ounce of her anguish and grief.

Chaulk creates real characters that are flawed and confused and I enjoyed watching Jennifer try to pull herself up and figure out her life without her father. The relationship with her grandmother was touching and the complicated relationship with her mother and estranged husband I found intriguing and infuriating.

My only concern was the slower beginning, which I seem to be saying often lately about many novels. The flashbacks jolted me out of the story, but as I got further into the novel, I realized how critical they were. Memories, often misunderstood and altered by innocence and age, played an integral role with Jennifer's coming to terms with her father's passing.

Overall, I thought A Few Kinds of Wrong was a great book and loved the story. It was unique, full of East Coast Canadian details and had such raw emotion that made me squirm and shed tears yet also laugh and smile at times. I would highly recommend this novel and would most definitely read another of Tina Chaulk's books.
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