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Mandafofanda Reads Lots

The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

The Piper's Son - Melina Marchetta Tom is an ass. Tom is a screw-up. Tom is selfish and reckless and a bastard. And the fact that Marchetta can make me love this character is a strong testament to her writing ability.

Anyone who's ever been at a low point in their life can relate to Tom and Georgie's circumstances. He is a university dropout who's butchered his former close friendships and is at a fairly aimless point in his life. She just got impregnated by her ex-husband of seven years who had a son with another woman. They are the aunt and nephew that belong to the chaotic yet close-knit Finch-Mackee clan. These are their stories as they attempt to figure out the journey from rock bottom.

The cast of characters from [b:Saving Francesca|82434|Saving Francesca|Melina Marchetta|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327865374s/82434.jpg|18042740] is (mostly) back, and if I loved them then, I love them even more now. I never want to stop reading their stories... *Hint hint*