Red Hook Road
As lyrical as a sonata, Ayelet Waldman’s follow-up novel to Love and Other Impossible Pursuits explores the aftermath of a family tragedy. Set on the coast of Maine over the course of four summers, Red Hook Road tells the story of two families, the Tetherlys and the Copakens, and of the ways in... show more
As lyrical as a sonata, Ayelet Waldman’s follow-up novel to Love and Other Impossible Pursuits explores the aftermath of a family tragedy. Set on the coast of Maine over the course of four summers, Red Hook Road tells 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.
Publish date: July 13th 2010
Pages no: 343
Edition language: English
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Apparently I prefer the less-acclaimed wives of critical darling male authors. Nicola Krauss? Waaaaay better than Jonathan Safran Foer. And now? Ayelet Waldman wins out over her pretentious other half Michael Chabon.This one gets three and a half stars, really. Good but won't leave a lasting impress...
What I have found with this book is that readers either love it or hate it...however, it did nothing for me and I found myself frequently bored with it. It is important to note though that this is a book which is in a genre I can take in bits and pieces.
As the novel opens, Ayelet Waldman immediately places the reader into a familiar scene: a wedding ceremony is winding down outside a church. The families are lining up for formal portraits before leaving for the reception dinner, and the photographer senses the tensions that underlie the festivities...