Award-winning author Melina Marchetta's brilliant, heart-wrenching novel The Piper's Son continues the story of the group from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca - but five years have passed, and now Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.
Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.
But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.
And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.
Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award
Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award
Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award
Shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award
'Melina Marchetta is a god of the written word.' sassisamblog.com
'Elegantly crafted with a distinctly Australian voice.' Madison
'The characters are alive and vibrant on every page of this perfectly crafted story about families, relationships, love and forgiveness.' Good Reading
'For Marchetta fans, this follow-up book is like catching up with old friends down at the local; we know and love them, we've missed them and now they've returned, just like we've always known they would.' Alpha Reader Blogspot
'By no means a sequel, The Piper's Son is a stunning stand alone novel. But when you already know the characters, it adds a certain something to the experience. Having grown up with Melina Marchetta, it seems her characters have grown up with me too.' Fairfield Books on Station
'When you open the cover of a Melina Marchetta novel you have certain expectations. If you're a newbie, you expect to be blown away. If you've read her work before, you expect character depth, memorable dialogue and an intriguing family full of skeletons, battened down resentments and fierce love. The Piper's Son will meet both criteria with aplomb. pernicketysnark.com
'With all the emotion and family dramas we've come to expect from Ms Marchetta, The Piper's Son is another one of her sure-to-be-cult novels.' Dolly
'Outstanding fiction . . .' The Sunday Age
'Marchetta is an outstanding writer.' Herald Sun
'The Piper's Son provides an interesting insight into contemporary urban life and its issues, with focus on the music scene.' The Courier Mail
'it's the type of book where the words morph, bottom out, and all of a sudden everyone and everything is three-dimensional. they hold substance. they hold the characters. and they're full. and they spiral out beautifully. heartbreakingly… so true. and so australian. and so real. and so family. beautiful to it's core. painfully so.' theuncommonnonsense/blogspot.com
'I cannot wait until our Year 8s are Year 12s so that I might share this novel with them. Rich with topics for discussion, it is worthy of becoming a class text, studied, debated, argued and appreciated. The Piper's Son has some of the loveliest, endearing and most authentic characters I have read in a long while. I love the Finch Mackees and their 'people'. I love them all. And more than anything, I want to BE one of them.' bookgryffin.globalteacher.org.au
This tender sequel to Saving Francesca focuses on Francesca's friend, Thomas Finch Mackee, whose family is being torn apart by tragedy. Two years ago when Tom's young uncle was killed by a suicide bomber, Tom's father ("He was a drinker, Dom was. Always had been") lost control, causing his mother to leave town with his younger sister. Tom dropped out of his university and abandoned his tight-knit circle of friends while his aunt Georgie has yet to acknowledge that she is pregnant by her ex-partner. There is a lot of backstory, and readers may initially have trouble sorting out the pieces. But the story that unfolds through Tom and Georgie's alternating points of view is powerful and tragic, revealing a wonderful and realistically flawed family working hard to fix its deep damage. Marchetta masterfully demonstrates the depth of emotion and love the characters feel, sometimes in small but moving moments. The ending may wrap up somewhat neatly, but readers who make this intense journey with Tom and Georgie will feel they deserve the sweet resolutions. Ages 14 up.
Love reading about old friends
I’ve only just found The Pipers Son and The Place in Dalhousie and I’m only sad I didn’t find them years ago! Absolutely amazing, loved reading about Tom and Jimmy, and the girls as supporting characters. Thank you Melina 💕
Brilliantly well written, follows on from Saving Francesca and does an amazing job telling the story of Tom.