December 10, 2011

The Piper´s Son by Melina Marchetta

Title: The Piper´s Son
Author: Melina Marchetta
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: Mar 8 , 2011
Rating : 5/5

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Read Excerpt HERE
Audio sample HERE

Melina Marchetta's brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca - only this time it's five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.

Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.

And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.
The Piper´s Son is the companion novel of Saving Francesca.
This is the story of Thomas Mackee my favorite character of Saving Francesca.  The book has two points of view of Tom and his aunt Georgie. Now 5 years later Tom is at his lowest, drop out uni, on drugs, alienate of his true friends and hanging with bad company.  After been thrown out of his apartment he moves in with his pregnant aunt who is having her own problems; been pregnant at 42, single, and the father of her unborn child is her ex-boyfriend that broke her heart.
As Tom says all came down to one event that happens 2 years before, the dead of his uncle. That changes everything and everyone in his family. And now the Mackees are struggling  to move on.
We get to see characters from Saving Francesca as Francesca, Justine, Will, Luca and Tara. 

The Piper´s Son is a contemporary novel well written, very emotional, heartbreaking and beautiful story about family, friendship, love, grief and loss. This novel is a must read.
“I think we´re getting our Tom back.”

“Maybe she'd always been there. Maybe strangers enter your heart first and then you spent the rest of your life searching for them. ”


  1. I have never seen this book before. I'd love to read it. I rarely find YA book with boy as the main character

  2. i love contemporary novels.. i need to read this one soon.. but first i have to read Saving Francesca..have you read jellicoe road also by Melina Marchetta? :)

  3. I started this a couple of days ago but I don't know, I didn't enjoy it very much and I put it down 'til I feel like reading it again. Thanks to your review though I think I'll pick this up again. Lovely review!