the piper's son
To celebrate today's World Book Night and the Women Writers Reading Group, I'd like to introduce you to The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta.
Did you ever read a book that made you desperately wish you are a part of a fictional world, that you are sharing your joys and sorrows with all of its characters? The Piper's Son is one of those books for me. It's exquisitely written, tender, laugh-out-loud funny, and the characters are flawed and their lives are messy but that's exactly what makes this book so heartbreaking, in the best possible way.
The Piper's Son is a companion novel to Saving Francesca but you don't have to have read the latter to enjoy this book. It is about 21-year old Thomas MacKee, how he had hit rock bottom two years after his beloved uncle Joe was tragically killed overseas, and how he tried to hold together pieces of his life when everything else has already fallen apart. It is about letting people down and being let down by the people you love the most. It is about love, family, and relationships worth living and fighting for.
I keep coming back to the characters because well, they are truly special. Melina Marchetta has this magical gift of portraying such well-developed characters that by the end of the book you will feel as if you already know all of their flaws and strengths and still want to continue getting to know them. And Thomas, is it possible to love this boy even more? Sure, he made a lot of terrible mistakes but he is such a decent person and he really has a good heart. And how can you not fall for a boy who knows his poetry, can play a mean guitar, and who's also smart and snarky as hell? His secret heartache for Tara and how he tried to win her back with his rambling emails is so sweet that you just can't help but root for him.
“Maybe she'd always been there. Maybe strangers enter your heart first and then you spent the rest of your life searching for them.”
Bottom line: Read it and prepare to have your heart stolen.