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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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"Judith Whitman is 44, questioning her life, and thinking about the hometown boy she jilted almost 30 years before in McNeal's affecting second novel (after Goodnight, Nebraska). At Stanford, Judith had met the 'older, urbane' Malcolm and they married, moved to Los Angeles, and built an enviable life. Now she's bored with her suave, unfaithful banker husband, guilty about her lack of maternal feelings for her teenage daughter, and overburdened and distracted at her job editing a 'respected television drama.' McNeal's agile prose manages to render Judith sympathetic, though she's not an easy character to like. Flashbacks evoke her youth in Vermont, and her decision, when her parents separate and her mother becomes neglectful, to move to Nebraska to live with her father. When Judith, as a high school senior, falls in love with Willy, a local intelligent and sensitive carpenter, she imagines a simple life in the town of Rufus Sage, but after she leaves for college the relationship unravels. Despite a slow start and dialogue heavy on aphorisms, McNeal succeeds with his obvious affection for the daily rhythms of life in Nebraska and his sensitive exploration of marital stresses and psychological accommodations, in addition to a moving surprise denouement. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Tom McNeal's first novel, Goodnight, Nebraska, won the James A. Michener Memorial Prize and California Book Award, and his short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize XXI. He lives near San Diego with his wife and sons.

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pman, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by pman)
Great story, engrossing read, highly recommended.
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az sunshine, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by az sunshine)
Great story, great writing, an under the radar book that more people should read. I've recommended To Be Sung Underwater to at least 10 readers and they've all loved it. Deserves a wider audience.
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dailyreader, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by dailyreader)
A lovely story of a woman's past life and love, choices made, and where the path has led after 25 years. Two stories are intertwined and both held my interest all the way through the book. Risks are weighed and new choices are made, often to the astonishment of the woman making them. She is not even sure what her own name is or what she wants it to be at times. I loved this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316127394
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mcneal, Tom
Author:
McNeal, Tom
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Subject:
Troubled marriages; Infidelity; Past loves; Reminiscences; Husbands and wives; Motherhood; Love lost; Love
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110602
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.75 x 6.5 x 1.5 in 1.53 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Judith Whitman is 44, questioning her life, and thinking about the hometown boy she jilted almost 30 years before in McNeal's affecting second novel (after Goodnight, Nebraska). At Stanford, Judith had met the 'older, urbane' Malcolm and they married, moved to Los Angeles, and built an enviable life. Now she's bored with her suave, unfaithful banker husband, guilty about her lack of maternal feelings for her teenage daughter, and overburdened and distracted at her job editing a 'respected television drama.' McNeal's agile prose manages to render Judith sympathetic, though she's not an easy character to like. Flashbacks evoke her youth in Vermont, and her decision, when her parents separate and her mother becomes neglectful, to move to Nebraska to live with her father. When Judith, as a high school senior, falls in love with Willy, a local intelligent and sensitive carpenter, she imagines a simple life in the town of Rufus Sage, but after she leaves for college the relationship unravels. Despite a slow start and dialogue heavy on aphorisms, McNeal succeeds with his obvious affection for the daily rhythms of life in Nebraska and his sensitive exploration of marital stresses and psychological accommodations, in addition to a moving surprise denouement. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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