To Be Sung Underwater

Tom McNeal (Author)

Product Details

Back Bay Books
Publish Date
June 05, 2012
5.63 X 1.25 X 8.23 inches | 0.89 pounds

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About the Author

Tom McNeal's first novel, Goodnight, Nebraska, won the James A. Michener Memorial Prize and California Book Award, and his short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize XXI. He lives near San Diego with his wife and sons.


"An exceptional novel.... McNeal writes a kind of prose that's almost endangered today: natural, smooth and subtle."--Cynthia Crossen, The Wall Street Journal
"Bautifully written.... a compelling story, uniting the literary, character-driven novel with what eventually becomes quite a page turner.... This novel will make for great book-club discussions."--Sarah Willis, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"This lovely novel is quiet and smart, drawing you so deeply into the characters that the ending might just leave you coming up for air."--Gale Walden, Oprah Magazine
"You don't so much read To Be Sung Underwater as you're consumed by it. The characters are unforgettable. The writing is staggering. More importantly, though, it's the courage of this book that sets it apart. It's the bravest, most beautiful book I've read in a long time."--Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief
"To Be Sung Underwater is such an immensely readable novel. McNeal has the enviable talent of making splendid writing look easy at no cost to the complexity and the beauties of what fascinates him (and me) -- the terrain occupied by women and men in love with each other. This is a wonderful book."--Richard Ford
"Smart, sexy, gorgeous, and at times devastatingly sad--these words describe the woman at the heart of this wonderful novel almost as well as they do the book itself. This ravishing love story will envelop you for a few days and then linger for a long time thereafter."--Ann Packer, author of Swim Back to Me and The Dive from Clausen's Pier
"McNeal's ability to tell the story from a female point of view is shockingly accurate, as is his Richard Russo-esque ability to make small town characters simply complicated....a beautiful novel that bravely examines the effect a broken relationship can have on one's life path."--Carrie Keyes, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Love stories have a terrible gravity, a centrifugal force. McNeal has created characters so dimensional, so memorable, that we are caught up in that urgency. Our rationality is compromised; the rules of the world fade away."--Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times