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The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. Pub.Viking, 2010.

I wonder if after leaving school for a few years, you have ever linked up with several of your old boy friends or girlfriends and after a few drinks you fool around and the atmosphere around you is so intense you can smell cordite in the air? If you have then this book is for you.

Melina Marchette captured generations of kids with her novel Looking for Alibrandi and later with Saving Francesca. This novel is a continuation of the characters and themes that dominated the latter books. More than that it exposes the frailties of life that are sometimes disguised when you are at school but come to the fore when the pressures of life and relationships are put upon you.

The confident, smug and arrogant Thomas or Tom as he is called in this book is the central character although Francesa, Justine and the delectable Tara Finkle are in and out of the story.

The plot revolves around Tom’s family which has been shattered by the death of Tom’s uncle Joe in the London Edgeware bombings. Tom’s parents separate and Tom’s zest for life and search for a career and whatever are put on hold as he agonises over it all. Tom’s Aunt Georgie has also separated from Sam but they get back together when after a night of passion Georgie ends up in the family way.

As you can see this is about family, extended family and friends and life.

The strength of the book is the snappy dialogue and quick wit between the characters. Sometimes funny, sometimes cutting , but always real.

Whether the characters can all sort themselves out by the end of the book you will have to find out for yourself.

A good read for senior students.

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