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Publisher's Summary

Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio". Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back.
Twenty years later, Judith's marriage is hazy with secrets. In her hand is what may be the phone number for the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him. If she called, what would he say?
To Be Sung Underwater is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.
©2011 Tom McNeal (P)2011 Hachette
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Critic Reviews

"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)
"In this thoughtful and compelling look at the road not taken, McNeal calls up the landscape of the Great Plains as a place where it's possible to see that it's the simple things--a secluded swimming hole, a cold beer, the laughter of the person you love--that are the most valuable." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pauline C. Mac Kay on 06-30-11


This was the kind of book that I prolonged finishing listening to the ending as I did not want
it to end. It is beautifuly written. The characters were so well developed that I felt I must
know them from someplace.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Adrienne on 04-02-12

An entrancing story

If you could sum up To Be Sung Underwater in three words, what would they be?

thought provoking story

What did you like best about this story?

The dialogue and character development.

What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

She gave the characters life without stretching to voices out of her range. She let the story be the important thing, not her performance.

If you could rename To Be Sung Underwater, what would you call it?

Its perfect the way it is.

Any additional comments?

This might be more of a woman's book, I'm not sure my husband would enjoy it, but I think most of my women friends and book club groups would appreciate it. There is a lot to think about or discuss in the story. I plan to purchase copies for friends. I hope this author will write another book again soon.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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