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To Be Sung Underwater


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ISBN13: 9780316127387
ISBN10: 0316127388
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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.

About the Author

Tom McNeal was born in Santa Ana, California, where his father and grandfather raised oranges. He spent part of every summer at the Nebraska farm where his mother was born and raised, and after earning a BA in English at UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Irvine, he taught school in the town that was the inspiration for his first novel, Goodnight, Nebraska. Tom has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his short stories have been widely anthologized.

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Alan Winston, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Alan Winston)
Don't our favorite characters in literature tend to be people we like or admire or wish we could be friends with or at least find utterly plausible? Judith doesn't quite satisfy any of those criteria, and perhaps I am cutting her a little too much slack to suggest "doesn't quite."

Yet she haunts me.

And I am so glad she has become part of my life.

Several months after I read a library copy of this book, I looked for a bookstore copy and opened it to several random pages, just rereading a few paragraphs on each page. I'm not sure any page I opened it to didn't have a favorite passage on it, and I don't think that that happened by random luck - I think that just about every page in the book probably has at least one passage that upon rereading would strike me as being a favorite passage.

I bought a copy to keep. I may never reread it, but I will get my money's worth - it will earn itself shelf space - by the number of times I pick it up, open it to a random page, and reread a favorite passage.

I want to sing its praises in a way that makes it clear how wonderful this books is, but it is very difficult.

Perhaps it is like trying to sing underwater?

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