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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.
In case you don't know The Piper's Son is sort of continuing the story from Saving Francesca. You could see my review for the later and find some things about Francesca. But somehow I managed no to mention another character then - Thomas. The boy who is telling us his story in this book. Tomas Mackee is now a grown up boy who as the blurb says needs saving. Some things in the past are now stopping his family to be together and besides that he mast find his love again. Not that he has lost her, she's, well gone. It takes a lot of courage to find balance in life and fight for things he cares the most.
Some things never change with Melina - one of them is her writing. She manages to tell you some, we could say every-day stories and makes them special. Then there are her characters who are always so close to you and so lovable. I still haven't and I highly doubt I ever will read a story written by Melina that won't make me cry. Somehow I don't even want to.
Until the next time,