I'm finding it hard to describe what I liked about this book, so I'll keep this short. The Piper's Son contains so many plot elements--alcoholism, pregnancy, broken families, violent and unexplained deaths, music-making, and regaining lost love--which all manage to come together in this sad but ultimately uplifting tale. After reading Saving Francesca, I noted that one of my favorite parts of the book was the relationship between Tom Mackee and Tara Finke. Their humor was not lost in this story despite its general depressiveness, and I so appreciated Marchetta returning to these characters. Just a wonderfully heartfelt book.