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Red Hook Road

A Novel
Waldman, Ayelet (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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After John Tetherly and Becca Copaken die in a freak car accident an hour after their wedding, their families are left to bridge stark class and cultural divides, and eventually forge deep-rooted bonds thanks to the twin deities of love and music. Becca's family is well off, from New York, and summers in Red Hook, Maine, a small coastal town where John's blue-collar single mother, Jane, cleans houses for a living. They interact, awkwardly, over how to bury the couple, the staging of an anniversary party, and over Jane's adopted niece, whose amazing musical talent makes a connection to Becca's ailing grandfather, a virtuoso violinist, who agrees to give her lessons. Becca's younger sister, Ruthie, a Fulbright scholar, meanwhile, falls in love with John's younger brother, Matt, the first Tetherly to go to college, before he drops out to work at a boatyard and finish restoring his brother's sailboat, which he plans on sailing to the Caribbean.
Authors: Waldman, Ayelet
Title: Red Hook Road
a novel
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: After John Tetherly and Becca Copaken die in a freak car accident an hour after their wedding, their families are left to bridge stark class and cultural divides, and eventually forge deep-rooted bonds thanks to the twin deities of love and music. Becca's family is well off, from New York, and summers in Red Hook, Maine, a small coastal town where John's blue-collar single mother, Jane, cleans houses for a living. They interact, awkwardly, over how to bury the couple, the staging of an anniversary party, and over Jane's adopted niece, whose amazing musical talent makes a connection to Becca's ailing grandfather, a virtuoso violinist, who agrees to give her lessons. Becca's younger sister, Ruthie, a Fulbright scholar, meanwhile, falls in love with John's younger brother, Matt, the first Tetherly to go to college, before he drops out to work at a boatyard and finish restoring his brother's sailboat, which he plans on sailing to the Caribbean.
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ISBN: 0385517866
9780385517867
Statement of Responsibility: Ayelet Waldman
Subject Headings: Grief Fiction. Social conflict Fiction. Traffic fatalities Fiction. Weddings Fiction.
Genre/Form: Love stories-2010.
Domestic fiction.-2010.
Topical Term: Grief
Social conflict
Traffic fatalities
Weddings
LCCN: 2009020023
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Jul 03, 2014
  • alysalle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Started out a bit depressing, especially since I started reading it 3 days before my wedding (you'll understand that if you read it), but I ended up really enjoying it. It is a great book about how people deal with grief in different ways, and there is not necessarily a right or wrong way.

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