The Piper's Son

The Piper's Son

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By (author) Melina Marchetta

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  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 230mm x 30mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 8 March 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0763647586
  • ISBN 13: 9780763647582
  • Illustrations note: 1-COLOR
  • Sales rank: 60,494

Product description

The award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road pens a raw, compelling novel about a family's hard-won healing on the other side of trauma. Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca - but five years have passed, and now it's Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can't forget. Shooting for oblivion, he's hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom's in no shape to mend what's broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper's Son redefines what it means to go home again.

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Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and multi-award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock, an Aurealis Award winner; Jellicoe Road, a Michael L. Printz Award winner; Saving Francesca; and Looking for Alibrandi. She lives in Australia.

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By Feliss 11 Feb 2011 5

This is a companion novel to Saving Francesca, a book I absolutely loved.

Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blow to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends.

And winds up with his grieving father again.

And remembers how he walked away from Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.

In a year when everything's broken. Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.

This book works well as a stand-alone novel but fans of Saving Francesca will find it especially moving.

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"Tom's aunt Georgie spoke to me first, and Tom found me through her. At the time, I didn't actually think Tom was a big enough character to carry a story. If it had to be anyone from Saving Francesca, I thought, it would be Will Trombal or Tara. But the line in Francesca, 'I want to be the first male in the Mackee family to reach 40 and still have a liver' stuck with me, and in the end, Tom has been one of the biggest surprises. I'm glad I didn't kick him out of my head." - Melina Marchetta -- Quote