A Song for the Road
by Kathleen Basi
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Pub Date 11 May 2021 | Archive Date 13 Apr 2021
It's one year after the death of her husband and twin teenagers, and Miriam Tedesco has lost faith in humanity and herself. When a bouquet of flowers that her husband always sends on their anniversary shows up at her workplace, she completely unravels. With the help of her best friend, she realizes that it's time to pick up the pieces and begin to move on. Step one is not even cleaning out her family's possessions, but just taking inventory starting with her daughter's room. But when she opens her daughter's computer, she stumbles across a program her daughter has created detailing an automated cross-country road trip, for her and her husband to take as soon-to-be empty nesters.
Seeing and hearing the video clips of her kids embedded in the program, Miriam is determined to take this trip for her children. Armed with her husband's guitar, her daughter's cello, and her son's unfinished piano sonata, she embarks on a musical pilgrimage to grieve the family she fears she never loved enough. Along the way she meets a young, pregnant hitchhiker named Dicey, whose boisterous and spunky attitude reminds Miriam of her own daughter.
Tornadoes, impromptu concerts, and an unlikely friendship...whether she's prepared for it or not, Miriam's world is coming back to life. But as she struggles to keep her focus on the reason she set out on this journey, she has to confront the possibility that the best way to honor her family may be to accept the truths she never wanted to face.
Hopeful, honest, and tender, A Song for the Road is about courage, vulnerability, and forgiveness, even of yourself, when it really matters.
“An emotionally complex story about reconciling love with loss, and the healing power of music...I loved every scene from the first to the last.”
—Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Promise Between Us
“A truly panoramic view of human frailty and resilience.”
—Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Art of Falling
“A heartachingly beautiful book about grief and guilt, family and friendship, love and loss.”
—Orly Konig, author of The Distance Home
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I really loved this book. From the opening chapters, right through to the end I was drawn in by this lovely, poignant story.
Miriam is grieving the death of her family in a tragic accident. When she finds an app her children had been working on, sending her on a road trip, she decides to go. On the way she meets Dicey, a pregnant teen with troubles of her own. Can Miriam forgive herself? And why does Dicey keep coughing? The story twists and turns it’s way beautifully to the conclusion.
I really loved these characters. They were flawed, but real. Miriam’s grief was tangible and I enjoyed her story very much. I did guess the main twist, but it felt like I was helping Miriam keep her secret until she was ready to share it. The passion for music really spoke to me and I enjoyed the imagery throughout.
This is a fabulous book and I look forward to reading more offerings from this talented author. Another one featuring these characters would be the icing on the cake! I would love to know what happens next...
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.