To Be Sung Underwater

To Be Sung Underwater

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little Brown and Company, 2012.
Copyright Date: ©2011.
ISBN: 9780316127387
Characteristics: 436, 10 pages ;,21 cm.


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Sep 05, 2016

I'm a little embarrassed to say that I loved this book. The narrator in her youth and the Willy she fell for were not exactly paragons of intellect or humanity, but I thought the reunion was absolutely lovely. The kindness and honesty that developed between them was so well crafted. And the ending! Oh, my.

Dec 30, 2011

Judith Whitman goes to live with her college teacher father in the Great Plains of northwest Nebraska and meets a slightly older local boy Willy Blunt. Yes, it's a love story.

McNeal is not someone I'd read before, but like others taught under Wallace Stegner's influence at Stanford, I'll seek out his books at every opportunity. He's imagined characters and plot to perfection; his sentences are beautiful. A favorite goes something like this: To Willy's mind Judith's summer with him was simply one of her life's chapters; for Willy it had been the whole book. Just read it!

knitlynn Oct 23, 2011

Nancy recommended this highly

Oct 17, 2011

This book was recommended to me by a friend but I cannot recommend it myself. The plot is painfully slow and the characters are single dimensional and, well, boring. The conclusion is weak and meaningless and in my opinion unbelievable. If I were the publisher, I would have rejected the book or suggested it be reformatted into a short story (at least that way one might believe that there were unspoken qualities to the characters. I was a little bit embarassed that I even bothered to finish it but since it was recommended to me by someone I like, well...hope springs eternal.

Sep 13, 2011

I loved everything about this book. The use of language is quite intelligent yet the story is quite simple. It's about a woman, married with a child, who often thinks back on her first love. Thinking that her husband has cheated on her, she takes steps to contact that love. I was saddened to find out that Tom McNeal only wrote one other novel. I was looking forward to reading a lot more of him.

Sep 13, 2011

The story is really in Part 3.

Aug 28, 2011

i absolutely LOVED this book! The characters are engaging, the writing is beautiful and the story is bittersweet.

Aug 02, 2011

A very interesting read and although I am not a fan of love stories I liked this book and how they were able to find each other again. The whole storage locker thing got way too much time in this book and didn't really seem to tie in with the rest of the story line. Terrible way to end this book although it will stick with me forever I think.

Jul 20, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit slow in the beginning but the pace picked up in Part 2. The ending was abrupt and a total disappointment in my opinion. Would make a good movie. P.S>Don't read the prologue.

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