Red Hook Road

Red Hook Road

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385533249
0385533241
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (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.

SPL_Robyn Mar 17, 2017

Blind Date 2017 comment: "Time spent in a different world."

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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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