Red Hook Road

Red Hook Road

Large Print - 2011
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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: Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Publisher., 2011, c2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410433831
1410433838
Branch Call Number: LT WAL
Characteristics: 631 p. ; 23 cm

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DPLjulie Feb 05, 2019

Richly-drawn characters from two very different families are brought together through shared tragedy. The book follows the relationships within and between the families for four years, as they navigate their grief. I loved this book, but get your hankie out.

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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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