Melina Marchetta's The Piper's Son
I had to take a break from my Diana Wynne Jones tribute reading because this book turned up in the mail (props to the publisher for sending me a copy when I emailed to ask why the e-book wasn't available). Marchetta just writes the most funny and heartbreaking books, and this one was no exception. It actually revisits the characters of Saving Francesca but it's like four years later and focuses mostly on Tom, who wasn't the main character of the last one. Anyway, his life has been going down the tubes since a family tragedy occurred a couple years previously, and when he winds up moving in with his pregnant aunt (with a moving and complicated story of her own), he finds himself back in the orbit of his old friends. Marchetta does such a good job of describing families and friendships that you just really, really want everyone to be happy and healthy. And they're, like, words on paper. God, she's good. A.