The Piper's Son

Another beautifully brutal novel by award-winner Melina Marchetta, about a young man and his family struggling to heal after being ripped apart by a tragedy.

Synopsis:

The Piper’s Son reopens five years after Marchetta’s novel Saving Francesca ends. This time, we’re following Tom Mackee, who has hit rock bottom after the shocking and horrific death of his favorite uncle. Amidst his family’s grief and deterioration, Tom withdraws from the life he loved. He quits school, stops playing music, and shuts out all his friends – including the girl he can’t get off his mind. Now living with his pregnant aunt, working with his former friends, and processing the reappearance of his estranged, alcoholic father, Tom is in over his head. He doesn’t know how to process his grief and fix everything that’s broken. How can he find home and meaning again?

Review:

This book hit me hard. It’s a raw and unflinching walk through loss, grief, hopelessness, and despair.

Melina Marchetta really knows how to take a simple story of loss and infuse it with all the nuanced feelings of desolation, confusion, oblivion, anger, and pain. Hers is a powerfully fierce character-driven story. Tom takes us through memories and present-day interactions to show us how alienating it is to be on the inside of grief. He and each of his family members struggle to reach outside of their own personal hell to find love and hope.

The Piper’s Son is such a compelling and bittersweet novel that doesn’t tell you how to feel the tough emotions, but rather walks with you as you painfully experience them yourself. It’s an honest look at grief, forgiveness, family connection, and the devotion of friends.

Maybe she’d always been there. Maybe strangers enter your heart first and then you spend the rest of your life searching for them.

— Melina Marchetta

The Piper’s Son
by Melina Marchetta
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Penguin Australia/Viking

Summary

Another beautifully brutal novel by award-winner Melina Marchetta, about a young man and his family struggling to heal after being ripped apart by a tragedy. A new favorite!

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