Red Hook Road

Red Hook Road

by Ayelet Waldman
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Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman

 
A rich and rewarding story of love, loss, and the power of family from the bestselling author of Bad Mother and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits.
 
In the aftermath of a devastating wedding day, two families, the Tetherlys and the Copakens, find their lives unraveled 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 honor 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307275820
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 388,260
Product dimensions: 7.76(w) x 5.26(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

AYELET WALDMAN is the author of Daughter’s Keeper, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and the New York Times bestseller Bad Mother. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York, Elle, Vogue, and other publications, and on Salon.com. She and her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, live in Berkeley, California, with their four children.

Hometown:

Berkeley, California

Date of Birth:

December 11, 1964

Place of Birth:

Jerusalem, Israel

Education:

Wesleyan University, 1986; Harvard Law School, 1991

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Red Hook Road 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
This story takes place over four summers and features the Copaken/ Kimmelbrods, a well to do Jewish family from Manhattan, who spend their summers on the coast of Maine (Summer People) and the Tetherlys, a working class family that lives in Maine year round. Both families are dominated by the mothers, two very strong willed women, Jane Tetherly and Iris Copaken. These two families have nothing in common except that their children have fallen in love. They are wed and less than an hour later they are both killed in a car accident on their way to their reception. This tragedy rocks both families and they both deal with their grief in very different ways. The first thing the families clash over is the funeral, being Jewish the Copakens need the funeral as soon as possible, Jane Tetherly doesn't even want a combined funeral and must even be convinced to lay their children together in the cemetery. This is not the last time these mothers will butt heads. Over the next 3 summers they will be at odds over a variety of things, including memorials for their children and conflict over Jane's niece, just to name two. This is the point were Iris's father, a world-renowned violin virtuoso, who is no longer able to play but still teach, comes to the forefront of the story and through the love of music tries to bring these families together. This story is so well written it is like a composition by Bach, Mozart or Brahms. I am afraid to give you too many details to the story because you must read it for yourself to achieve the true feelings brought out in this wonderful novel. I was shocked by something that happens the second summer. Waldman tells this story with such a rich tone, you will go through the whole gambit of emotions until the last page. The characters are well developed, the plot very defined, and the illustrations created with her words form detailed pictures in your mind of all the locations. I could definitely see this book made into a movie. I highly recommend this commanding work. It is definitely a must read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Doubleday Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Almesa More than 1 year ago
I read this book after visiting Maine, and I could really relate to this book. The story is believable and the attitudes of the characters is consistent with how someone may feel after people move into their town for a few months. I read this on my ereader and finished it in two days. I would buy another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In literary history, what are most remembered are the characters and their inner turmoils. Even to those unfamiliar with To Kill a Mockingbird's plot, they know Atticus Finch and Scout. A reader may not remember how Alice met The Mad Hatter, but they know the characters. Red Hook Road excels in character study. If the entire novel stayed true to this, it would be Waldman's tour de force. Alas, it does not. The novel begins at the Red Hook, Maine, summer wedding of Becca Copaken and John Tetherly....young, vivacious, with their whole lives in front of them. While their families and guests wait for them at their reception, they are given the tragic news that the couple has died in a limousine accident. Two families, of very different social classes, have become unwittingly united in their grief in the succeeding summers in Red Hook. Broken apart at times, but forever together, Red Hook Road is the story of the Copakens...Iris, Daniel, Ruthie, and Mr. Kimmelbrod, and the Tetherlys...Jane, Matt, and Mr. Kimmelbrod's protege', Samantha. I found myself engrossed in these characters until the last few chapters, when Waldman no longer focuses on them. Somehow a microburst (a tornado-like storm) pops up right over the Copakens' annual Fourth of July gathering (how convenient). The Tetherlys and Copakens must work together to survive this out-of-nowhere storm. And lo and behold, they do, and they are not separated anymore! Waldman's coda then comes out of nowhere. I couldn't wait to finish this book to rush to my blog and give it a 5! Why, oh why, did Waldman have to go and write a cliched plot device at the end? Focus on characters, Ms Waldman, and you'll have a winner every time! MY RATING - 4/5 To see my rating scale and other reviews, please check out my blog: http://www.1776books.blogspot.com
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If you like reading about life......the good, the tragic, and the unexpected......you will love this book!
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Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
A young couple, Becca Copaken and John Tetherly are married for only an hour before their young lives are cut short in a horrible tragedy, yet their families are intricately bound together forever-whether they like it or not. Red Hook Road is filled with tension, pain, and tenderness. The characters are well developed, and the descriptions of Blue Hill, Maine are so vivid, I feel as though I've been there. This story, and its exceptional characters, will stay with me for sometime. Especially Becca's grandfather, Mr. Kimmelbroad. (Reminiscent of Richard Gilmore on the TV Show Gilmore Girls.) Pros: This story is meaningful, stirring, and lasting. The characters are real and memorable. Cons: The first two chapters are very slow. Overall: I highly recommend reading this book. It pains me to give this book four (4.5) stars, rather than five. The ONLY reason for not giving it the highest rating is I found the beginning very slow. I almost put the book away without finishing it, but I'm glad I continued. Once I reached the third chapter I was hooked! If the story started at chapter three, and the back-story was dispersed later throughout the story, I wouldn't have hesitated to give it the highest rating.
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Just happened on this book at my local library. Enjoyed it but, as a New Englander, wonder about the reference early in the book about "the rubber game of the White Sox series at Fenway."
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