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. From the Hardcover edition.
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"It's jarring to hear town and place names mispronounced, along with a Maine accent that sounds fake. Here it's especially unfortunate as this title is in every other way a fabulous story and a superb performance. Two families, one born in Maine, the other cultured intellectuals from New York with ancestral roots (and a great summer house), are brought together by love and tragedy. Narrator Kimberly Farr's performance captures the passion and emotional depth in these struggling characters with a multilayered, nuanced delivery that reflects the thoughtful process the characters undergo as they evolve with their changing roles. Despite a few flaws, this "Vacationland" story is the quintessential escape. D.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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