Red Hook Road

Red Hook Road

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As lyrical as a sonata, Ayelet Waldman’s follow-up novel to Love and Other Impossible Pursuits explores the aftermath of a family tragedy.

Set on the coast of Maine over the course of four summers, Red Hook Road tells the story of two families, the Tetherlys and the Copakens, and of the ways in which their lives are unraveled and stitched together by misfortune, by good intentions and failure, and by love and calamity.

A marriage collapses under the strain of a daughter’s death; two bereaved siblings find comfort in one another; and an adopted young girl breathes new life into her family with her prodigious talent for the violin. As she writes with obvious affection for these unforgettable characters, Ayelet Waldman skillfully interweaves life’s finer pleasures—music and literature—with the more mundane joys of living. Within these resonant pages, a vase filled with wildflowers or a cold beer on a hot summer day serve as constant reminders that it’s often the little things that make life so precious.

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After John Tetherly and Becca Copaken die in a freak car accident an hour after their wedding, their families are left to bridge stark class and cultural divides, and eventually forge deep-rooted bonds thanks to the twin deities of love and music. Becca's family is well off, from New York, and summers in Red Hook, Maine, a small coastal town where John's blue-collar single mother, Jane, cleans houses for a living. They interact, awkwardly, over how to bury the couple, the staging of an anniversary party,and over Jane's adopted niece, whose amazing musical talent makes a connection to Becca's ailing grandfather, a virtuoso violinist, who agrees to give her lessons. Becca's younger sister, Ruthie, a Fulbright scholar, meanwhile, falls in love with John's younger brother, Matt, the first Tetherly to go to college, before he drops out to work at a boatyard and finish restoring his brother's sailboat, which he plans on sailing to the Caribbean.

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Traces the lives of the Tetherly and Copaken families in the aftermath of a child's tragic death, which results in a broken marriage, a bonding between bereaved siblings and healing in the form of an adopted girl's prodigious violin talent. By the author of the best-selling Bad Mother.
Two families living on the Maine coast find their way through grief together after a tragic accident takes the lives of a young, newly-married couple, which results in a broken marriage, a bonding between bereaved siblings, and healing in the form of an adopted girl's prodigious violin talent.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385517867
0385517866
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALDMAN
Characteristics: 343 p

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 04, 2017

I didn't care for this one and didn't finish. To me it seemed very predictable both in the characters themselves and in the ways they behaved.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

This is a beautiful story about grief. Elegantly written and heart-wrenching, this is an emotionally-gripping unique tale of grief. This is a great drama told in exquisite detail, and it will make you cry – or at least tear up a little. The novel begins with the devastating death of two newlyweds, and follows the aftermath of the families involved. Ayelet Waldman really understands grief, and that although suffering is just that – suffering ¬– it is essential to appreciating the true beauty of life. If you want a sad novel that will make you feel just for a second that there is a way to find peace in the universe, this novel does that pretty well. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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alysalle
Jul 03, 2014

Started out a bit depressing, especially since I started reading it 3 days before my wedding (you'll understand that if you read it), but I ended up really enjoying it. It is a great book about how people deal with grief in different ways, and there is not necessarily a right or wrong way.

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