The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

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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 award-winning author of Jellicoe Road, which won the Michael L. Printz Award; Saving Francesca and its companion novel, The Piper's Son; Looking for Alibrandi; and the first two volumes in the Lumatere chronicles, Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles. She lives in Australia.
Published April 26, 2011 by Candlewick. 337 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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The main plots depict Francesca's prescription for bringing Tom back into their circle of friends as well as Tom's attempts to mend his romance with "Psycho Tara," which fell apart when he dropped Tara (after what she called their "one-and-a-half night stand").

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Above all, THE PIPER'S SON is a novel about absence --- both the literal absence of those who have died tragically (in addition to Tom's uncle, whose body was never discovered after the bombing, his grandfather has been missing in action since fighting in Vietnam) and the figurative absence of th...

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YA Highway

She writes the characters we are, the characters we know, the people we love so that we must love her characters.

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New York Public Library

You can see nods to Jellicoe Road (read my review) in the snappy beginning*, Finnikin of the Rock (read my review) in the things not overtly said, and, of course, nods to Saving Francesca (and even Looking for Alibrandi (read my review) in terms of family dynamics.

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