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THE PIPER’S SON
by Melina Marchetta
He remembers the times they’d walk toward him in the playground with that same look on their faces, but double in number with Siobhan and Tara. “It’s the four horsewomen of the apocalypse,” Jimmy Hailler would say. “They’re going to make us do something we don’t want to do.”
“We’re not going to give in,” Tom would say.
But they did. Always. “Think of the alternatives,” Jimmy said. “They love us. Imagine if they hated us.”
Despite how hard he tries, he can’t get the images of the other guy out of his mind. The next night while he’s carving out the sirloin at the pub, he’s using the chopping board with fury. Ned reaches over at one stage and removes the knife from his grip wordlessly and hands him the lettuce to wash.
“Ned?” he says after a while. “Oi, Ned?”
“If someone says to you that the guy they’re going out with doesn’t have to prove how smart he is, what’s your response?”
“That he’s dumb.”
“And if he has a six-pack?”
“Not too intense.”
“Dumb jock with no personality.”
“And they see eye to eye?”
Ned pauses. “With the spitfire from Dili?”
“Same,” Tom corrects him.
Ned holds up a hand to where Tara would reach him in height.
“Dumb jock with no personality and short-man syndrome.”
Why is this quote fantastic?
I just love everything about this book. And these quotes are just some of the many (and I mean, many!) quotes that I’ve tabbed with page markers throughout the book that just spoke to my heart. You have to read the book to truly appreciate the many layers that these two quotes have so if you haven’t read this book or any of Melina Marchetta’s, what are you waiting for?
The award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road pens a raw, compelling novel about a family’s hard-won healing on the other side of trauma.
Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca – but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Shooting for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper’s Son redefines what it means to go home again.
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