Everyone who follows me on Twitter is groaning, I’m sure. For the past few weeks most of my book conversations have revolved around—or eventually ended up with—Melina Marchetta.
I love her work. I want to marry her books and grow old with them.
When Looking For Alibrandi first came out, I was heavily into category romances and the last thing I wanted to read was an angsty teen novel set in Australia. It wasn’t until last year that I first picked up Marchetta’s work when I read her short story, Twelve Minutes, in last year’s Books Alive anthology. Even then I wasn’t sure I’d read the novel that the short story was based on, The Piper’s Son.
It was so damn good. I read it again the next day.
Then I bought a copy of The Piper’s Son and read it in one sitting, never mind that I was surrounded by family members who were suffering from starvation and neglect.
Then I read it again.
For a week I read nothing but these two books, and every time I got on a bus I wanted to be a teenager again. Seriously, Melina Marchetta caused me to want to relive those wretched teenage years. That’s high praise right there.
You can read excerpts from Melina Marchetta’s work via Penguin Australia:
- Looking for Alibrandi (1992)
- Saving Francesca (2003)
- On The Jellicoe Road (2006) – Winner, 2009 Printz Award
- Finnikin of the Rock (2008)
- The Piper’s Son (2010)
Author Appreciation Week runs from March 15 – 19 and is hosted by Heidi R. Kling (click on the link for more details). Yes, this post is late but it’s still yesterday in the northern hemisphere, so I think it’ll be okay.