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eBook To Be Sung Underwater: A Novel ePub

by Tom McNeal

  • ISBN: 0316127388
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Tom McNeal
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; First Printing edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Pages: 464
  • ePub book: 1125 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1351 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 607

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Tom McNeal came late to the publishing world but I for one am very glad. I have recommended this book to everyone I know I'm in my 40's and I can honestly say it made me stop and think about th. .

Tom McNeal came late to the publishing world but I for one am very glad. I have recommended this book to everyone I know I'm in my 40's and I can honestly say it made me stop and think about the decisions that I've made in my life thus far, and if I've travelled the right path ! I was sad to finish the book and I still keep thinking about Judy and Willy. and believe I will for sometime to come.

Tom McNeal's absorbing novel To Be Sung Underwater is a quiet and immersive story about "who gets handed your heart and what they do with i. The novel examines how one woman's navigation through life propels her forward in a certain direction, leaving rippling heartache in he. The novel examines how one woman's navigation through life propels her forward in a certain direction, leaving rippling heartache in her wake.

To Be Sung Underwater book. Judith recalls the love and hard work that went into refinishin Reading McNeal’s novel is like wrapping yourself up in a warm cocoon and never wanting to leave. This is the story of first love & the joy that comes of that innocence. It’s about the choices in life we make and how they might have played out differently.

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Tom McNeal grew up in California. He has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. His debut novel Goodnight, Nebraska was published in the UK in 1998. Библиографические данные. To Be Sung Underwater.

In Tom McNeal's beautifully written novel,To Be Sung Underwater, 44-year-old Judith Whitman goes a tad further .

In Tom McNeal's beautifully written novel,To Be Sung Underwater, 44-year-old Judith Whitman goes a tad further than merely wondering. These two men, Judith's father and Willy, are wonderfully drawn, complicated characters, both calm, thoughtful, loving and intelligent, with their own unique life philosophies. McNeal moves ef�fortlessly through time to tell the twin tales of Judith's past and present, making you feel the radiant importance of 15-year old Judith's summer with Willy, when her parents' marriage split.

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Author of TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER, GOODNIGHT, NEBRASKA, and FAR FAR AWAY. Lindsey Andrews is a book designer living in Brooklyn and working in the book publishing industry. Tom McNeal updated their profile picture.

TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget. Writer Tom McNeal attended the University of California and Stanford University. McNeal's short fiction has appeared in Playboy and his novel Goodnight, Nebraska (1998) is inspired, in part, by his mothers stories of her childhood in a remote Nebraska town.

Tom McNeal is an American novelist and short story writer ") Mariner Books Zipped (with Laura McNeal) Knopf 2000 Goodnight, Nebraska Random House 1998 Crooked (with Laura McNeal) Knopf 1998 The Dog Who Lost.

Tom McNeal is an American novelist and short story writer. To Be Sung Underwater, his second novel, is set in both in California and Nebraska, and was named one of the 5 Best Novels of the Year by United States of America Today. ) Mariner Books Zipped (with Laura McNeal) Knopf 2000 Goodnight, Nebraska Random House 1998 Crooked (with Laura McNeal) Knopf 1998 The Dog Who Lost His Bob (with Laura McNeal) Albert Whitman 1996 Internet page:.

Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio." Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back.Twenty years later, Judith's marriage is hazy with secrets. In her hand is what may be the phone number for the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him. If she called, what would he say? TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.

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This novel succeeds on so-many levels that it's a pleasure to recommend it without reservation. At its heart is the love affair between Willy, the son of a Nebraska farmer, and Judith, daughter of a divorced couple who moves to rural Nebraska to be with her father for the last two years of high school. The minor characters are all beautifully drawn while the one silent character, beautifully evoked, is nature. We explore the creeks and buttes and hidden swimming holes of the Nebraska country and discover them with the same joy as Judith.

This book is half set in the present and half 25 years ago. We are quickly aware that Judith did not stay with Willy but went to college at Stanford and ultimately ended up as an editor for TV shows. She has acquired a banker husband Malcolm and a bratty teenage daughter. Where and how and why did end life this - and can it be put right? This novel provides the answers to those questions.

As the book begins, the present-day Judith suspects her husband of infidelity and is suddenly aware that her life has failed to fully satisfy her. She constructs a little hideaway in a storage garage, a reconstruction of her Nebraska bedroom. Judith, we learn, opted for professional success and married the kind of man she thought she should marry. After all, Willy was just a teenage love, an immature first love, wasn't he?

Well, he wasn't. It turns out that turning one's back on true love is the biggest mistake one can make and it condemns Judith and Willy not to deep unhappiness - both have children, successful careers and build a life - but to a kind of restless and persistent dissatisfaction - a sense that they have not been able to taste fully all the happiness that life has to offer.

Unfortunately, we can't ever go back and redo our mistakes. But this star-crossed couple will find some kind of ultimate honesty with each other. This book is lyrical and wise and I found it beautiful and moving.
Olma Olma
I had read McNeal's earlier book, "Goodnight, Nebraska", and found it fascinating as a character study and picture of life in a rural small town. The author put the reader in the mind and life of a troubled youth who is given the chance to better himself after a rough start in a family with real problems. So I was eager to read another of McNeal's books. This didn't disappoint. His understanding of small town life and the interrelationships of the inhabitants is great. He is skilled in getting into the thoughts and feelings of impulsive, conflicted teens, in particular. I really enjoyed this book, but am only giving it four stars as I didn't particularly like the ending. Somehow the characters didn't mature and behave as I'd expected them to. But, I recommend reading both of these books.
Akinohn Akinohn
My oversized paperback edition of the novel has five pages of reviews. I read them all, from Library Journal to those by other authors. But nothing prepared me for part three of this unusual love story. Judith and Willy fell in love when Judith was almost 18 and Willy was 24. Willy had been quite the chick magnet, but when he first saw Judith, he knew she would be the love of his life. And she was, as this novel so beautifully portrays. The first two parts of the novel alternate between Judith's growing up in Nebraska, where she lived with her father; and Judith's adult life in Los Angeles, where she seems to be falling apart within the structure of her seemingly perfect life. The pace of the novel is not rapid, as are most of the bestsellers of today. Instead we experience life at a slower, more poignant speed. But McNeal literally slams us with the intensity of the relationship between Judith and Willy, and how after 27 years, they reunite for a most unusual, even extraordinary, time together. I look forward to reading McNeal's other novels. Most superlatives in review sound trite, but this is a story that portrays the very meaning of the word LOVE.
Hiylchis Hiylchis
Today is the first day of summer. Summer Solstice....one of my favorite days of the year and I am feeling sad because I have just finished the perfect summer book. Can't help wish that I would of saved this one for my week on the beach later this summer. That's how much I loved "To Be Sung Underwater". This is a big, wonderful novel that the reader literally resides in during the reading experience.Didn't want to put it down. The story is about,Judith,a fortyish,married,mother and film editor who has become jaded and frustrated with the state of her life. She indulges in some pretty luxurious "daydreaming"/revisiting of her experience of "first love" 25 years previously.

Tom McNeal deftly leads us on a journey back in time to Nebraska and Judith's magical summer of love and self discovery and then back once again to Los Angeles as we become familiar with a cast of immaculately drawn characters that are quite flawed and impressively multi dimensional. The beautiful mid western landscape is presented as a vivid protagonist all of its own. It is magnificent. Sometimes while reading I felt like I was reading several short stories...the sub plots were fascinating enough to stand on their own and left me wanting to know more...all of these lovely vignettes were embroidered together in the most skillful writing I have seen in awhile.
Although people of all ages will enjoy this book...I feel those over 40 will especially find themselves treasuring the feelings that this theme evokes. Memory and reflection on ones own past experiences....it is definitely somewhere you want to go on a sweet summer afternoon.