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Red Hook Road: A Novel

By Ayelet Waldman
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  • Author: Ayelet Waldman
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Published: 2010-07-13
  • Edition: 1
As lyrical as a sonata, Ayelet Waldman’s follow-up novel toLove and Other Impossible Pursuitsexplores the aftermath of a family tragedy.

Set on the coast of Maine over the course of four summers,Red Hook Roadtells 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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