THE SONGS OF US

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Emma Cooper, Ha­chette

A split-sec­ond dumb de­ci­sion can some­times have life-al­ter­ing reper­cus­sions. For Melody, who had run out of de-icer and used hot water to scrape ice off her car wind­screen, it leads to her slip­ping and bang­ing her head on black ice. The re­sult­ing brain in­jury man­i­fests into a bizarre con­di­tion that makes her break out into song and dance rou­tines, which of­ten have em­bar­rass­ing con­se­quences for her and her two teenaged chil­dren. But that’s not the only mis­for­tune that has be­fallen Melody and her fam­ily. More than a decade ago, her hus­band Dev dis­ap­peared af­ter he was in a car ac­ci­dent with the chil­dren. He and daugh­ter Rosie es­caped in­jury, but tod­dler Flynn was scarred for life. Un­able to bear the guilt or look at the dam­age he ac­ci­den­tally caused to his son, Dev aban­dons his fam­ily. Writ­ten from the points of view of Melody, Dev, Rosie and Flynn, this quirky, dark and poignant fam­ily com­edy will have you laugh­ing, cry­ing and cring­ing at some of the crazy sce­nar­ios. Be sure to give your­self some dis­trac­tion­free read­ing time be­cause once you be­gin, you won’t want to put this down.

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