all.All Together Now is the phrase generally used by a conductor when he/she wants a choir to begin a song.  Gill Hornby’s novel with that title is about a community choir in Bridgeford, England.  The local choir is getting ready for the yearly competition when the longtime director is involved in a serious car accident.  The choir membership has been stagnant for a number of years and the average age is increasing.  Without a leader, the group realizes that they need new members.  One new recruit is Tracey, a single mother in her forties.  She is not a typical choir member because she only listens to rock.  Her voice is a real surprise to the group though.  Other new members are a recently divorced and unemployed man, a young waitress who hopes to become a reality star, and a group of young petty thieves.  The way this group comes together creates an intriguing novel that has almost all types of family struggles.  It has some sad and some sweet surprises.


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