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Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
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Mar 06, 2012

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This is a book about growing up. There is Rebecca, a 15 year old girl, and Jane and Oliver, her parents. One would think this is the story of Rebecca growing up, but it is the story of Jane growing up.
Jane went right from Daddy's house to Oliver's house. She was the "woman behind the man" as Oliver grew in the world of ocean research, had Rebecca (one child?) and finished her degree. She never seems fulfilled, as she was living her life through her husband. Her father sexual abused her, her husband emotionally and physically.
During an argument where Oliver slapped Jane, she took Rebecca and drove cross country to Jane's brother in MA. Along the way he wrote letters for her to find and along the way Jane found what she wanted and didn't want from life.
Once she got to her brother, she took up with the owner of the apple farm he worked on and Rebecca took up with an older farm hand (it was the same age a Jane when she found the older Oliver). Jane through her self into the arms of Sam, and put road blocks up for Rebecca so she would not end up as she did, which is unfulfilled.
Oliver in the meantime drove cross country and along had a liaison with a bar waitress.
When Oliver caught up with them in MA, and altercation happened where Hadley died. Hmmm..no one felt any guilt or responsibility for his death.
In the end, the dysfunctional family got in the car to drive back to CA. A mobile disaster on the way back to the comfortable and unemotional life.
Lots of luck with that

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