A rich and rewarding story of love, loss, and the power of family from the bestselling author of Bad Mother and the forthcoming Love and Treasure.
In the aftermath of a devastating wedding day, two families, the Tetherlys and the Copakens, find their lives unravelled by unthinkable loss. Over the course of the next four summers in Red Hook, Maine, they struggle to bridge differences of class and background to honour the memory of the couple, Becca and John.
As Waldman explores the unique and personal ways in which each character responds to the tragedy - from the budding romance between the two surviving children, Ruthie and Matt, to the struggling marriage between Iris, a high-strung professor in New York, and her husband Daniel - she creates a powerful family portrait and a beautiful reminder of the joys of life.
Elegantly written and emotionally gripping, Red Hook Road affirms Waldman's place among today's most talented authors.
This beautiful novel shows us how families cope with the most painful kind of loss and reminds us that even as grief fractures, it can pave the way for unexpected grace - Ann Packer, author of Songs Without Words
Waldman knits [relationships] together with the pleasing simmetry of a doily. ...She also constructs an impressive parallel between the vocations of shipbuilding and playing a stringer instrument. ...Readers will enjoy the ride - The New York Times Book Review
Excellent. ...A compelling, unique story. ...Grabs the reader right away - San Francisco Chronicle
Waldman writes with practiced skill. ...It's a love story, a tragedy, a family saga, as well as a novel about class conflict that pits two stubborn, controlling women against one another - The Boston Globe
Terrific. ...Waldman's prose style is lovely and fresh. ...This book made me happy, and happy to be alive - Pat Conroy
Articulately plumbs the depths of the parent-child bond with clarityand intense feeling. - USA Today
With the careful attention of a movie director, Waldman renders apanoramic scene of a wedding.. . . Lyrical descriptions. - The Philadelphia Enquirer
Ayelet Waldman is the author of Red Hook Road, Love and Treasure and the New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was made into a film starring Natalie Portman. Her personal essays have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
She and her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, live in Berkeley, California, with their four children.