Aug 23, 2010

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman

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.


AYELET WALDMAN is the author of Daughter’s Keeper and of the Mommy-Track mystery series. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Child Magazine, and other publications, and she has a regular column on She and her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, live in Berkeley, California with their four children.


This book starts out with a tragedy that nobody should have to experience. After a horrific traffic accident that happens on a wedding day, two families are of course devastated.

This is a story of immense grief and loss.  It portrays each individual family member and how they coped with their own grief.  Some relationships were strengthened while others were totally destroyed.  I could say so much more about this book, but don't want to spoil the story.

I found the book a bit difficult to get into at first, but before too long I was drawn into the lives of the family members struggling to cope with their loss. This is not a light summer read, but rather a book that will make you think about the importance of family ties and relationships.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Red Hook Road from Doubleday, in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

Red Hook Road
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (July 13 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385517866
ISBN-13: 978-0385517867

1 comment:

  1. You've piqued my interest and I'm adding the book to my wishlist.