Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Tom has hit rock bottom.  When he passes out at a bar and ends up at the hospital needing 10 stitches, it’s not his mother or father who come to get him…it’s Francesca.  Tom and Francesca, along with Tara, Justine, Siobhan and Jimmy, all become friends in high school.  But that was five years ago and Tom hasn’t spoken to any of them since his uncle died.  His uncle’s death tore his family apart and Tom pulled away from everyone, include Tara, his girlfriend.  But now, homeless and out of work, Tom turns to his Aunt Georgie.  Will reconnecting with family and old friends help Tom deal with his grief?

A beautifully written story of one family’s struggle to come together after the death of a loved one threatens to tear them apart.

I also recommend Saving Francesca, a companion novel to The Piper’s Son, that tells the story of how Tom and Francesca met.  And if you like Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son you’ll love Melina Marchetta’s Printz Award winning novel, Jellicoe Road.  She’s also written a wonderful fantasy novel, Finnikin of the Rock.   As for me, I’m going back to read her first novel, Looking for Alibrandi.

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