Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
A Novel

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For into the delicate lacework of this domestic story, the climatic moment lumbers, creaking with portents...Despite this flaw, Red Hook Road is a multi-hankie read. Ayelet Waldman has once again proven herself an expert chronicler of emotionally complex relationships.
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As lyrical as a sonata, Ayelet Waldman’s follow-up novel to Love and Other Impossible Pursuits explores the aftermath of a family tragedy.

Set on the coast of Maine over the course of four summers, Red Hook Road tells the story of two families, the Tetherlys and the Copakens, and of the ways in which their lives are unraveled and stitched together by misfortune, by good intentions and failure, and by love and calamity.

A marriage collapses under the strain of a daughter’s death; two bereaved siblings find comfort in one another; and an adopted young girl breathes new life into her family with her prodigious talent for the violin. As she writes with obvious affection for these unforgettable characters, Ayelet Waldman skillfully interweaves life’s finer pleasures—music and literature—with the more mundane joys of living. Within these resonant pages, a vase filled with wildflowers or a cold beer on a hot summer day serve as constant reminders that it’s often the little things that make life so precious.


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About Ayelet Waldman

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AYELET WALDMAN is the author of Daughter's Keeper and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, New York, Elle, Vogue, and other publications. She and her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, live in Berkeley, California, with their four children.
 
Published June 30, 2010 by Anchor. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lisa Verge Higgins on Jul 28 2014

For into the delicate lacework of this domestic story, the climatic moment lumbers, creaking with portents...Despite this flaw, Red Hook Road is a multi-hankie read. Ayelet Waldman has once again proven herself an expert chronicler of emotionally complex relationships.

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