To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal
A Novel

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Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio." Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back.

Twenty years later, Judith's marriage is hazy with secrets. In her hand is what may be the phone number for the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him. If she called, what would he say?

TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.

About Tom McNeal

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TOM MCNEAL holds an MA in creative writing from UC Irvine and was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. He is the author, with his wife, Laura, of four young adult novels published by Knopf: Crooked, Crushed, The Decoding of Lana Morris, and Zipped. His adult titles include Goodbye, Nebraska and To Be Sung Underwater. He lives with his wife and two sons in Southern California. Visit their website at

Author Residence: Coronado, CA

Author Hometown: Fallbrook, CA
Published June 2, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 451 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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that in general, we all deserve a little more than we ordinarily think."That notion haunts the entire novel, which is structured around then and now and a sense of what could have been.Then was 27 years ago, when Judith Toomey spends her senior year of high school in a small Nebraska town, where ...

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