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A Song for the Road

(2021)
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Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets Katherine Center's How to Walk Away in Kathleen Basi's debut novel about an unconventional road trip and what it means to honor the ones we love.

It's one year after the death of her husband and twin teenagers, and Miriam Tedesco has lost faith in humanity and herself. When a bouquet of flowers that her husband always sends on their anniversary shows up at her workplace, she completely unravels. With the help of her best friend, she realizes that it's time to pick up the pieces and begin to move on. Step one is not even cleaning out her family's possessions, but just taking inventory starting with her daughter's room. But when she opens her daughter's computer, she stumbles across a program her daughter has created detailing an automated cross-country road trip, for her and her husband to take as soon-to-be empty nesters.

Seeing and hearing the video clips of her kids embedded in the program, Miriam is determined to take this trip for her children. Armed with her husband's guitar, her daughter's cello, and her son's unfinished piano sonata, she embarks on a musical pilgrimage to grieve the family she fears she never loved enough. Along the way she meets a young, pregnant hitchhiker named Dicey, whose boisterous and spunky attitude reminds Miriam of her own daughter.

Tornadoes, impromptu concerts, and an unlikely friendship...whether she's prepared for it or not, Miriam's world is coming back to life. But as she struggles to keep her focus on the reason she set out on this journey, she has to confront the possibility that the best way to honor her family may be to accept the truths she never wanted to face.

Hopeful, honest, and tender, A Song for the Road is about courage, vulnerability, and forgiveness, even of yourself, when it really matters.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A nuanced grief journey whose final moments will push [our heroine] to face the depths of her shame and loss—and, scarier, the love that may help her emerge stronger on the other side. A truly panoramic view of human frailty and resilience." - Kathryn Craft

"In a novel filled with music, heartbreak, and surprising laughter, Basi takes us on a journey that encompasses both unimaginable loss and the powerful resilience of the human heart. A book club must read." - Kerry Anne King

"A heartachingly beautiful book about grief and guilt, family and friendship, love and loss. Readers will be swept away with the lyrical descriptions and charmed by the characters. I wanted to race through the book to see what happened at the same time that I wanted to savor every page." - Orly Konig

"A must read! Basi’s insights into the human experience make A Song for the Road an unforgettable journey. She introduces us to life, loss, love, and the resurgence of hope—she introduces us to ourselves. The beauty of her prose and this adventure will linger long after the last page." - Katherine Reay

"An emotionally complex story about reconciling love with loss, and the healing power of music…I loved every scene from the first to the last." - Barbara Claypole White


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Hardback Editions

July 2021 : USA Library Binding
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Title: A Song for the Road
Author(s): Kathleen Basi
ISBN: 1-64358-964-4 / 978-1-64358-964-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
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Paperback Editions

May 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Song for the Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathleen M Basi
ISBN: 1-64385-690-1 / 978-1-64385-690-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alcove Press
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Audio Editions

May 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Song for the Road
Author(s): Kathleen Basi
ISBN: 1-66209-629-1 / 978-1-66209-629-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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May 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Song for the Road
Author(s): Kathleen Basi
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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May 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Song for the Road
Author(s): Kathleen Basi
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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May 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Song for the Road
Author(s): Kathleen Basi
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Kindle Editions

May 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Song for the Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathleen M Basi
Publisher: Alcove Press
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