Welcome to this week’s Spotlight Sunday where I review an Australian book that I think deserves to be read. Today I am reviewing ‘The Piper’s Son’ by Melina Marchetta. Melina Marchetta is one of the most amazing writers I have ever read, I cannot urge you enough to to go and read her books if you haven’t already.
This is the 14th book I have read for the 2013 Australian women writers challenge.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
5 out of 5.
I loved Saving Francesca, but I think maybe I loved this book even more. Sometimes after you’ve read a book you think it would be really nice to see what happened to the characters. With The Piper’s Son we get to see what happened to the character’s in Saving Francesca. It’s five years on and this time the story revolves around Tom Mackee. And although this is a follow on from Saving Francesca, it can be read as a standalone, and you don’t have to have read Saving Francesca to understand it.
Tom’s life has hit rock bottom. It’s been two years since his uncle died, tearing his family apart. He pulled away from his friends, dropped uni and spends his days getting wasted. He ends up homeless and has to move in with his aunt Georgie, who is pregnant with her ex’s baby and is dealing with her own grief.
He ends up working at the pub with his old friends and he slowly starts to try and sort himself out.
His biggest regret is Tara Finke, the girl he has always loved. Just when they where starting out, his uncle died and he pushed her away. Now that he is sorting himself out, he tries to get her back.
His old friends Francesca and Justine, are on the sidelines, trying to get him back. We see what is happening in their lives, as well as that of Siobhan and Tara, Will and Jimmy Hailler.
Like all characters in Melina Marchetta book’s, the character’s felt so real. They sink into your heart and that’s where they stay long after you close the pages.
Tom has many faults, he is hurting and acts out because of that. You just want to reach out and hug him and tell him it’s going to be ok. I was holding my breathe the whole time I was reading, praying that Tom would get his happy ending.
Heartfelt and touching, The Piper’s Son will make you laugh and will make you cry. It’s a story of grief and of redemption. It’s about friendship and family, and it’s about love. It hooks you in from the start and doesn’t let you go. Once you start reading you won’t want to put it down. This is YA contemporary at it’s best, definitely a must read. I highly recommend it.
Now that I have read this I have read all of her books so she better hurry up and write another one because I need another Melina Marchetta book now!!!!
*For older readers does contain swearing, drug references and sexual references.
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