The Piper's Son

The Piper's Son

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Overview

"A memorable portrait of first love, surviving grief, and the messy contradictions and fierce bonds that hold friends and family together." — Booklist

Printz 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. As his life hits rock bottom, 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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ISBN-13: 9781455803781
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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"Tom’s aunt Georgie spoke to me first, and Tom found me through her. At the time, I didn’t actually think Tom was a big enough character to carry a story. If it had to be anyone from Saving Francesca, I thought, it would be Will Trombal or Tara. But the line in Francesca, ‘I want to be the first male in the Mackee family to reach 40 and still have a liver’ stuck with me, and in the end, Tom has been one of the biggest surprises. I’m glad I didn’t kick him out of my head."
- Melina Marchetta — Quote

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The Piper's Son 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Thomas Finch Mackee is many things to many people. Musician, friend, and most recently complete jerk. Five years ago his world seemed certain. He was friends with the girls from school. He wanted to be something more to Tara Finke. He would follow his charming father anywhere--most people would, Dom has always been a pied piper. That was before London. That was before his family had to bury another empty coffin, this time for Tom's uncle lost in the London bombing. After London nothing is quite so sure. Tom's father is gone. His mother and sister are in another city. He's lost touch with his friends. Tom's life is falling apart. When Tom moves in with his pregnant aunt and finds a job working with the friends he abandoned he might also find a way back to himself. Everything is broken. But with a little time, and a lot of forgiveness, some of it can probably be fixed in The Piper's Son (2011) by Melina Marchetta. What a beautiful book. I've cried because books are funny, because they are sad, but this is the first time I ever felt teary at the end of the book because everything is so perfect and so beautiful. The Piper's Son is Marchetta's fifth book. It is also a sequel to Saving Francesca--a book that has a permanent place in my top five all time favorite books. Interestingly you can see hints of Marchetta's earlier works in this novel. You can see nods to Jellicoe Road in the snappy beginning*, Finnikin of the Rock in the things not overtly said, and of course nods to Saving Francesca (and even Looking for Alibrandi in terms of family dynamics). Much as I love Marchetta's earlier books, especially Saving Francesca, this one might surpass them all. Set five years after Saving Francesca this is an interesting book that is being marketed as Young Adult but where all of the characters are, technically, adults (Tom and his group are in their early twenties). The story also alternates between Tom's view and his aunt Georgie who is 42 and pregnant. The alternating voices work to flesh out the story and make sense of Tom's complex family. Their stories in tandem also work to highlight how much both characters change from the beginning of The Piper's Son to the end. Although The Piper's Son is a sequel you can almost read it before Saving Francesca** because Marchetta has so masterfully built in Tom and his friends' backstories into Tom's story has readers learn what happened between the two novels. Everyone reader's loved from Saving Francesca (Francesca and the girls and even Will Trombal) returns in this novel along with a lot of great new characters (Ned, Anabel). This book truly made me love Francesca and her group even more than I did before. As always Marchetta has left me completely floored and truly enchanted. The Piper's Son is a wonderful story that is both optimistic and utterly enthralling. *And in a certain violin player named Ben! Thanks to the inimitable Karyn Silverman for pointing out Ben's cameo to me! **Don't do this because part of the charm of Saving Francesca is meeting these characters for the first time. But if you feel you must ignore my advice, know that you could. Possible Pairings: Entwined by Heather Dixon, Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst, Stealing Henry by Carolyn MacCullough, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
jarujav More than 1 year ago
If you loved Saving Francesca, you'll definitely want to re-enter her and her friends' world.
brooke7 More than 1 year ago
I am so sad that more people aren't reading Melina Marchetta. She is an amazing author and not one of her books has ever disapointed me. I love everyone of her books and when ever I found out she was doing a follow up to Saving Francesca I was so happy and excited to find out what happend to two of my favorite characters ever, Thomas and Tara. This book did not let me down, it went so far beyond my expectations. The characters are so amazingly real, i feel like I know them all so well. Marchetta's writing is so witty and and encompassing, from the very first line your hooked. I highly advise you read this book, however I will say that it might be better if your read saving francessca before because then you can make all these awesome connections. *Saving Francessca is probaly one of my least fav of Marchettas books, Its amazing just not as amazing as all her other books*
BookAddictPatti More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fabulous - I'm a Melina Marchetta fan-girl now.
bookittyblog More than 1 year ago
The Piper's Son By Melina Marchetta When Tom's uncle died his family fell apart. His dad became an alcoholic, his mom moved away taking his sister with her and Tom doesn't want anything to do with his closest friends or the girl he loves. One night while playing guitar at one of his gigs Tom had an accident that took him to the hospital. After he got out he discovers that his roommates kicked him out of their apartment, leaving him on the street with nowhere to go to except to his 42 year old pregnant aunt's house. After all this misfortune he decides to recover everything that he once had. The Piper's Son is the sequel to Saving Francesca and it takes place 5 years after. Is basically a standalone book but I assure you'll want to read Saving Francesca after you read The Piper's Son. This book made me want to cry and laugh in every chapter. It's such a contradiction that a book makes you laugh and cry at the same time but that's the way it is. The story is sad but the way the characters act is funny and is a perfect balance. The best part is that you know there's light at the end of the tunnel. The stuff that happens to Tom and his family is so sad that I felt their pain because is so realistic that is scary at times. The Mackee-Finch are a normal family, when something bad happens they cry and get mad but they will go on living by helping each other survive. This book makes you realize that before giving up always think that something wonderful might be 12 minutes away from happening.
bookittyblog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Tom¿s uncle died his family fell apart. His dad became an alcoholic, his mom moved away taking his sister with her and Tom doesn¿t want anything to do with his closest friends or the girl he loves. One night while playing guitar at one of his gigs Tom had an accident that took him to the hospital. After he got out he discovers that his roommates kicked him out of their apartment, leaving him on the street with nowhere to go to except to his 42 year old pregnant aunt¿s house. After all this misfortune he decides to recover everything that he once had.The Piper¿s Son is the sequel to Saving Francesca and it takes place 5 years after. Is basically a standalone book but I assure you¿ll want to read Saving Francesca after you read The Piper¿s Son. This book made me want to cry and laugh in every chapter. It¿s such a contradiction that a book makes you laugh and cry at the same time but that¿s the way it is. The story is sad but the way the characters act is funny and is a perfect balance. The best part is that you know there¿s light at the end of the tunnel. The stuff that happens to Tom and his family is so sad that I felt their pain because is so realistic that is scary at times. The Mackee-Finch are a normal family, when something bad happens they cry and get mad but they will go on living by helping each other survive. This book makes you realize that before giving up always think that something wonderful might be 12 minutes away from happening.
bibliophile.brouhaha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I took a heavenly ride through our silenceI knew the moment had arrivedFor killing the past and coming back to life-Pink Floyd, "Coming Back To Life"Marchetta is a writer who understands the beauty in the breakdown. This book would not have been so simultaneously hopeful and heartbreaking to read if she didn't. It's 2007. Two years have passed since Tom's beloved Uncle Joe was killed on his way to work in London. Tom's father has always been a drinker, but he completely falls off the wagon after Joe's death. Tom's mother walks out in an attempt to shield his younger sister from the chaos. Tom refuses to go. Eventually, his father walks out on him, too. Tom escapes quietly into an numbed state of drug and alcohol use to cope. I blame him, but it's a sympathetic blaming. Some emotions feel better on snooze.His Aunt Georgie has other problems. Due to seemingly being the only family member able to hold her crap together (bless the Georgies of the world), she flies up to London to retrieve Joe's body, if possible. Her ex accompanies her. The one who cheated on her five years earlier. And got another woman pregnant. Now, two years later, Georgie is also pregnant with his baby. Honestly, I don't how she did it, because straight up, I would be like, "Please, for the love God, hand me a drink."Like I said, I can sympathize with Tom.I am not sure if I can adequately articulate my emotions about this one. I know on the surface it would be so easy to say that the events in The Piper's Son are about a family dealing with grief from a death. It would be incredibly easy to say that. However, the death, to me, seemed more of a reckoning, a gathering on the Finch-Mackee timeline for things unsaid, resentments unacknowledged, and demons unconquered. The death of Tom's Uncle Joe was the keystone of a family's implosion and magnified issues that were already present. Instead of the family coming together, the fine fracture lines cracked apart and separated individuals. Tom was both abandoned and chose to be on his own. Georgie closed in her grief and shame and anger over her baby brother's death and her unplanned pregnancy.No one I've read can quite balance grief and humor like Marchetta can . . . Our Tom is still the snarky layabout that he was in Saving Francesca, but while you only got a whisper of his pain there, here it is full blown, as are his quips and timing. At times, I hated him, and at others, I kept praying that he would reach out to someone, anyone, because it was evident that he wanted and needed that. Georgie is one of the 'realest' characters I've ever read. She carries guilt the way she carries her child: it hangs low on her and takes up the center of her being. Marchetta really nails the difficult journey of self-love and forgiveness of others through Georgie.I didn't just smile; I laughed out loud in public (several times, I might add). A couple pages later, I'd tear up. I love this family - I know a bit about how some families need to get a little blood on the floor so everyone can walk away feeling loved and forgiven. It's a cathartic process you only appreciate if you grow up with it. Their humor, their loyalty and their ability to feel deeply had me hoping the entire book that everyone would find their way back to each other.For those of you wondering if you need to read Saving Francesca to understand this book, no, it's not necessary. The Mackee's story stands on it's own, although Saving Francesca is a book I highly recommend to you, as well (review coming 03.14.11). I am not sure if I am really doing this book justice, but suffice to say, I didn't love it; I breathed it in and lived it. It's the subtle difference between standing outside a story and being a witness in it, and Marchetta's writing is the type that makes you feel like you walking down the street with Tom or talking men with Georgie. In the end, this is the story of how love can rip family apart and bring them back toget
jazzamatazz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't cried in a book for YEARS. I cried three times and was near crying many more times. I think this is the most moving and involving book I have read for such a long time. It's hard to say what it's about - it's a sort of family saga, sort of a coming of age and sort of - all sorts of thigs! It defys description, it's really a story about life, death and a family trying to figure it all out. I dare anyone to hate this book- it's brilliant.
wsquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thomas Mackee wakes up in the hospital, realizing that he's wasted away the past few years after his favorite uncle died and that he may be headed down the same path as his alcoholic father. With no other options, he moves in with his pregnant aunt, Georgie, gets a grunt job at a pub with old friends, and tries to make sense of his failed, not-quite-relationship with Tara Finke. In this companion novel to Saving Francesca, readers get to reconnect with some of their favorite characters and meet some engaging new ones, all of whom come together to help Thomas deal with the tragedies, both big and small, in his life.Melina Marchetta's fluid, natural writing style brings her characters to life in a way that feels like you've known them forever. Though Thomas feels alone, he's surrounded by a rich cast of characters, all with their own quirks, that gives the book a sense of intimacy. The interactions between the younger characters were particularly entertaining and will definitely appeal most to teen readers. Thomas is certainly the focus of the book, but his 40-something aunt Georgie gets nearly equal prominence. Her pregnancy and more complex relationship problems were compelling for me, but may put off younger readers looking for a true YA book. And while this does stand alone from Saving Francesca, it may be a harder sell for those who haven't read it. Some elements of the story, especially the Thomas-Francesca-Will relationship, are richer knowing their history. Overall, this is a story about family, community, grief, healing, and reconciliation that will resonate with many readers, though it may have some difficulty finding them.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually didn't expect to like this book, based on the review of a friend. And, at first, I found it hard to sort through because I thought it was going to be about different characters. But in the end, the book was amazing. It was almost more heartwrenching than Saving Francesca. One of the things I liked about this book was seeing the world, present and past, from Tom's point of view. He was always on the fringes of Francesca, so it was nice to have a book focused on him (instead of on Will, like I'd expected). I also liked that they were adults, that lives had gone on and things had happened. In a way, The Piper's Son is a fantastic coming of age story about people who have already come of age. I love love this book and Marchetta needs to write more so I can read more.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s been two years since Tom Mackee¿s beloved uncle was killed in the London terrorist attacks, and he and his family are still reeling from it, closed off from one another in their own spheres of pain. Tom quit school and ¿works¿ at a local student union/pub alongside his former friends, who, despite his coldness towards them, have stubbornly refused to give up on him.Tom lives with his single, pregnant aunt Georgie, who has problems of her own. She feels like she can¿t let her unborn child¿s father, Sam, back into her life, not after what happened between them during their years-long relationship. However, with the patient love, shared pain, and quirkiness of his friends and family, perhaps there is a way for Tom, Georgie, and everyone else to heal.I have never read a book by Melina Marchetta that I haven¿t loved, which makes her one of a kind. THE PIPER¿S SON takes beloved characters from Saving Francesca and makes them hurt¿makes us hurt in reading about their struggles¿and yet leaves us with a story so powerful, so resonant, so complex, that it¿s hard to imagine that such an accomplishment was achieved at the hands of a human being.Readers of THE PIPER¿S SON should not expect the same tone as was in Saving Fracesca. THE PIPER¿S SON is dark. That¿s because Tom Mackee is angry. Two years after his uncle¿s death and Tom is still simmering, still resentful, still pushing everyone away and not taking care of himself. You¿d hate him for being so self-absorbed if it weren¿t for how subtly Tom heals throughout the course of the novel.Melina Marchetta¿s characterization isn¿t simply splendid. Her dialogue isn¿t simply witty and spot-on¿it¿s revitalizing. The dialogue comes across as simultaneously natural and like the most wonderful thing you¿ve ever read in fiction. The characters in THE PIPER¿S SON really do come alive through their interactions with one another. Even Tom, so stuck in a cycle of self-torment is he, reveals himself to be capable of being vulnerable, of healing, of loving through his exchanges with others.I had high expectations for THE PIPER¿S SON and Marchetta didn¿t let me down. THE PIPER¿S SON is evidence of Marchetta¿s incredible maturation as a writer since her wonderful book Saving Francesca. A must-read for Marchetta fans, and a book that will continue to astound me every time I think back to it.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good follow-up to one of my favorite books, "Saving Francesca." This book uses the voice of a different character, Thomas, but suffers for it.Tom's had a rough time of it as of late. His uncle has died, the only girl he cared for has moved far away and his family is tearing apart. After a bender that leaves him with stitches, he moves in with his pregnant 42 year old aunt and tries to piece his life back together.Tom is an interesting character, but I must say I was much more intrigued by him when he was in a supporting role. I commend Marchetta for showing Tom as a complicated, often unlikable character, but I often felt that I wanted the story to move back to Francesca.Marchetta's writing is still wonderful and she does a great job weaving together a complicated family history.
ar1anna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars.. This was such a beautiful story (as usual).I am a Marchetta fan - she is simply amazing, she knows how to rip your heart out and then to put it back in place.And, BTW, if the next one is about Jimmy i'm going to be so, so happy :D
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Wonderful, complex characters that you will fall in love with.
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