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'Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

'But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.

'And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.'

Source: Melina Marchetta's website, http://www.melinamarchetta.com.au/
Sighted: 09/11/2009

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Notes

  • The Piper's Son features characters who appear in the novel Saving Francesca.
  • Dedication:

    • For my dad, Antonio, whose dream it is to have his children and grandchildren living under his roof, and for my mum, Adelina, who'd love us to live next door. This novel could be as close as it gets.
    • And in memory of Morgan J. Hill, who loved Joe Satriani.

Affiliation Notes

  • Associated with the AustLit subset Australian Literary Responses to 'Asia' as the work contains references to the Vietnam War.
  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has references to the Vietnam War.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2010 .
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      Extent: iii, 238, [1]p.p.
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      • Publication date: March 2010.
      ISBN: 9780670074235 (pbk.)
    • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,
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      Candlewick Press ,
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      Extent: 328p.
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      • Published 8 March 2011
      ISBN: 9780763647582
    • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,
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      Candlewick Press ,
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      Extent: 336p.
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      • Published August 14th 2012
      ISBN: 9780763660628
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2016 .
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      Extent: 336p.
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      • Publication date: 4 January 2016
      ISBN: 9780143203421
Alternative title: Piskačev Sin
Language: Slovenian
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      Extent: 289p.
      ISBN: 9789612720551

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Works about this Work

Looking for Alibrandi Author Melina Marchetta Takes to Literary Crime Linda Morris , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil Melina Marchetta , 2016 single work novel

'There was a time when Melina Marchetta resented the success of her first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, a beloved Australian book for young adults.'

'Marchetta followed up 11 years later with Saving Francesca, also set in Sydney's inner west, and for a while she felt typecast as a writer of "good stories about Italian girls in the suburbs". ...'

The Children's Book Council of Australia Judges' Report 2011 : Book of the Year : Older Readers - Short List Books 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Childrens' Book Council of Australia , August vol. 55 no. 3 2011; (p. 8)

— Review of About a Girl Joanne Horniman , 2010 single work novel ; Six Impossible Things Fiona Wood , 2010 single work novel ; The Piper's Son Melina Marchetta , 2010 single work novel
Judged By More than Their Covers Katharine England , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 April 2011; (p. 50-51)
[Review] The Piper's Son Lee Finkelstein , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 54 no. 2 2010; (p. 36-37)

— Review of The Piper's Son Melina Marchetta , 2010 single work novel
Creating Your Own Distinctive Writing Voice Christine Bongers , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , February no. 192 2010; (p. 10-11)
At the Heart of the Piper Fiona Purdon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 - 28 February 2010; (p. 25)

— Review of The Piper's Son Melina Marchetta , 2010 single work novel
Under Age Frances Atkinson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 March 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of The Piper's Son Melina Marchetta , 2010 single work novel ; Solace and Grief Foz Meadows , 2010 single work novel
Communal Sense of Love and Loss Melinda Harvey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 March 2010; (p. 22-23)

— Review of The Piper's Son Melina Marchetta , 2010 single work novel
[Review] The Piper's Son Katharine England , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 13 March 2010; (p. 28)

— Review of The Piper's Son Melina Marchetta , 2010 single work novel
Doors Open Again to Embrace Life Ronni Phillips , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 March 2010; (p. 13)

— Review of The Piper's Son Melina Marchetta , 2010 single work novel
Fragile Families Lee McGowan (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 89 no. 6 2010; (p. 8)
The Coming of Age Sharon Verghis , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 March 2010; (p. 8)
With Deepest Empathy Louise Schwartzkoff , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 11 April 2010; (p. 10-11)
An Inner-West Trilogy Melina Marchetta , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 18 no. 1 2010; (p. 4)
Creating Your Own Distinctive Writing Voice Christine Bongers , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , February no. 192 2010; (p. 10-11)
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