A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards (2005) In resonant, clear-eyed prose, Anne Bauer's A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards expertly maps the ferocity and anguish of a parent's love for a child.… 2005-08-23 Fiction Scribner
Book Review

A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 23, 2005; Writer: Anne Bauer; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Scribner

In resonant, clear-eyed prose, Anne Bauer's A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards expertly maps the ferocity and anguish of a parent's love for a child. Young couple Rachel and Jack find their gregarious toddler Edward turning slowly, inexorably inward — it's not autism but something more ambiguous, and perhaps even more frustrating for the child's moments of lucidity. Over time, they fight desperately to bring him back, to a place his doctors, schools, and the world at large deem ''normal,'' while still raising two other, healthy kids. Bauer also intercuts the story of a great-uncle whose own illness may hold the key to the boy's withdrawal. By no means a fairy tale, Cupboards is a sharply drawn wonder; only the too swift, jackknifed conclusion breaks the spell of her exceptional storytelling.

Originally posted Sep 09, 2005 Published in issue #840 Sep 16, 2005 Order article reprints