I am so excited to be part of Melina Marchetta's blog tour for her newest book, The Piper's Son, that I decided to devote a whole week to her amazing books. I first encountered Marchetta's work last summer when I read and reviewed her fourth book, Finnikin of the Rock, and was moved almost beyond words. While I had always intended to read the rest of her novels, the chance to interview her bumped them to the top of my TBR pile. I read Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son and Jellicoe Road (Looking for Alibrandi is still in my TBR pile...) totaling almost 1,000 pages, in about two weeks, which is phenomenal for me. Her writing is so compelling that I was reading on my breaks, while walking my dogs and way past my bedtime. And, I pretty much spent most of that time sobbing, sniffling and generally teary-eyed. Marchetta's characters and their lives are so real and she always finds them at a transitional point in their lives in which they are struggling with family ties, a community of friends (or lack of) and grief, often all three. I hope you will read my reviews and interview and be inspired to pick up her books!