Published by Alcove PressDate Published: 11 May, 2021
Genres: Women's Fiction
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Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets Katherine Center's How to Walk Away in Kathleen Basi's debut novel about an unconventional road trip and what it means to honor the ones we love.
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
Kathleen Basi is fantastic! Her writing talent shines strong in this debut novel! I loved every minute of this page turner. It hooked me from page one and didn’t let me go until the very last word was read.
As someone who has suffered loss, I fully felt every single, raw emotion that Miriam felt. I felt her grief like it was my own, but I also felt her love for her family as if it was my own. Miriam’s journey is profound, it’s eye opening, and definitely had me reflecting on my own thoughts and memories of my loved ones passed.
This heartfelt novel should not be passed over. It is beautifully written, soul capturing and life changing. It is one that will forever be on my recommendation list! This one will move you to the core, and have wanting another beautifully penned novel soon!