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Redeeming Tom

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May 2010, no. 321

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Viking, $24.95 pb, 328 pp

Redeeming Tom

by
May 2010, no. 321

Not really? Tom Mackee? That boorish, pervy, smart-mouthed Year Eleven boy from Saving Francesca (2004), who offended Tara Finke whenever he opened his mouth, is the central character in Melina Marchetta’s new book. At least he loved music and was not a bad guitarist. Last time we met him, Tom became part of Francesca’s circle at school. Occasionally charming, a dab hand at witty repartee, he was falling for activist and feminist Tara Finke. Now he’s not sixteen anymore, but twenty-one (or thereabouts).

Pam Macintyre reviews 'The Piper’s Son' by Melina Marchetta

The Piper’s Son

by Melina Marchetta

Viking, $24.95 pb, 328 pp

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