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The Piper's Son Hardcover – March 8, 2011
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His Aunt Georgie has other problems. Due to seemingly being the only family member able to hold her crap together (bless the Georgies of the world), she flies up to London to retrieve Joe's body, if possible. Her ex accompanies her. The one who cheated on her five years earlier. And got another woman pregnant. Now, two years later, Georgie is also pregnant with his baby. Honestly, I don't how she did it, because straight up, I would be like, "Please, for the love God, hand me a drink."
Like I said, I can sympathize with Tom.
I am not sure if I can adequately articulate my emotions about this one. I know on the surface it would be so easy to say that the events in The Piper's Son are about a family dealing with grief from a death. It would be incredibly easy to say that. However, the death, to me, seemed more of a reckoning, a gathering on the Finch-Mackee timeline for things unsaid, resentments unacknowledged, and demons unconquered. The death of Tom's Uncle Joe was the keystone of a family's implosion and magnified issues that were already present.Read more ›
Let me tell you what "Piper's Son" is all about. Tom Mackee is a complete mess. His beloved uncle died 2 years ago, his father is lost somewhere, undoubtedly drunk, his mother and sister left his dad and moved to another state. Tom has been for years and still is lost and lonely. He takes drugs, he abandoned his friends, he betrayed the girl he loved, he dropped out of uni. All is bad until he hits the rock bottom and is forced to move in with his aunt Georgie who has a whole set of problems of her own - she is pregnant by the man who hurt her in the worst possible way, she is full of grief and despair. How will these people pull themselves together?
In someone else's hands such a plot can turn into cheap melodrama. But somehow Marchetta makes it a truly great story of pain, grief, betrayal, forgiveness and love. She just has this great way with words. You know how people often like to advise authors - "show, don't tell," well, Marchetta is a master of showing. It's not what her characters say, but what they do and how they do it that gives me goosebumps, or makes my heart ache or my eyes well up with tears.
"The Piper's Son" is not my favorite Melina Marchetta book, "Saving Francesca" is. And Tom is not my favorite Marchetta boy, that title belongs to Jonah Griggs. But I loved this novel. I loved revisiting Francesca, Will and their relationship. I loved Justine and her violinist (will she ever call him BTW, or they need to get their own book to finally get together?). I loved watching Tom change and make up for his crappy behavior. But my favorite part was undoubtedly Georgie and Sam's story, it was heart-breakingly beautiful.
"The Piper's Son" was all I expected from the author. I can't wait to read it again and again...
Melina Marchette is the only author I’ve found that can break and squish my heart more times than I can count in a book and make me love every minute of it and ask for more. The stories she tells about families that are strong and loving but have been broken by a tragedy and are trying to pick up the pieces again draw you in to the point you never want to leave. The only thing wrong with this book is that it ended.
-- “But grieving people are selfish. They won’t let you comfort them and they say you don’t understand and they make you feel useless when all your life you’ve been functional to them.”
When you lose someone in an unexpected and sudden way it can affect everyone who knew that person it ripples and radiates out like a pebble throw on still water or more like a dozen pebbles each creating their own ripples that crisscross and distort as they touch one another. The Piper’s Son explores that from the perspective of two pebbles Tom and Georgie.
Georgie’s younger brother and Tom’s Uncle Joe died in a terrorist attack in London two years ago. Since then their lives have been turned upside down and inside out. This is the story of the point when everyone starts to put things back together.
-- “Love’s easy. It kind of comes with the territory. But liking is another story.”
I found so many great insightful lines about family and love. You always love your parents, spouse, kids and friends but sometimes it is really hard to like them, especially when grief is eating you inside.Read more ›
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Melina Marchetta has won over my heart with her books. I bow down to her and her characters.
In this companion novel to Saving Francesca, we follow Tom and his aunt... Read more
GAHHHHH I NEED A BREAK FROM MARCHETTA SINCE I READ 2 BOOKS IN A ROW THIS WEEKEND AND THIS WAS TWO BOOKS TOO MUCH BECAUSE THESE FEELS ARE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination
The thing I loved about this book was the complicated plotline. Think about it. If she wanted to, Melina could have had this be a simple love story between a boy and a girl, and it... Read morePublished 12 months ago by junebug
Oh Melina. How you break my heart. I feel broken while I read your words. Every emotion is sharply felt. The pain and joy is palpable. Read morePublished 13 months ago by HJP
Why did I want to read this book?
I’ve read Saving Francesca and then later discovered that it has a sort-of sequel featuring one of the secondary characters, Thomas... Read more
I've read this book several times. If you love Marchetta's books, don't miss this one!Published 18 months ago by JNS
This one is my fault. I've had this book sitting on my shelf and started reading it when I realized someone else wanted this book so I should bump it up on my TBR and then pass it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by T. Geo