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A witty and winning new voice comes alive in this infectious road trip adventure with a rock-and-roll twist.  Shapiro’s debut blends the emotional nuance of Elena Ferrante with the potent nostalgia of High Fidelity, in a story of two women—one rich and alluring, the other just another planet in her dazzling orbit—and their fervid and troubled friendship.From the distance oA witty and winning new voice comes alive in this infectious road trip adventure with a rock-and-roll twist.  Shapiro’s debut blends the emotional nuance of Elena Ferrante with the potent nostalgia of High Fidelity, in a story of two women—one rich and alluring, the other just another planet in her dazzling orbit—and their fervid and troubled friendship.From the distance of a few yards, there might be nothing distinctive about Lee Parrish, nothing you could put your finger on, and yet, if she were to walk into a room, you would notice her. And if you were with her, I’d always thought, you could walk into any room.For quiet, cautious and restless college freshman Vivian Feld real life begins the day she moves in with the enigmatic Lee Parrish—daughter of died-too-young troubadour Jesse Parrish and model-turned-fashion designer Linda West—and her audiophile roommate Andy Elliott.When a one-night stand fractures Lee and Andy’s intimate rapport, Lee turns to Viv, inviting her into her glamorous fly-by-night world: an intoxicating mix of Hollywood directors, ambitious artists, and first-class everything. It is the beginning of a friendship that will inexorably shape both women as they embark on the rocky road to adulthood.More than a decade later, Viv is married to Andy and hasn’t heard from Lee in three years. Suddenly, Lee reappears, begging for a favor: she wants Viv to help her find the lost album Jesse was recording before his death. Holding on to a life-altering secret and ambivalent about her path, Viv allows herself to be pulled into Lee’s world once again. But the chance to rekindle the magic and mystery of their youth might come with a painful lesson: While the sun dazzles us with its warmth and brilliance, it may also blind us from seeing what we really need.What begins as a familiar story of two girls falling under each other’s spell evolves into an evocative, and at times irrepressibly funny, study of female friendship in all its glorious intensity and heartbreaking complexity....

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The Sun in Your Eyes Reviews

  • Elyse
    2019-05-08 14:53

    Vivian and Lee had not seen each other for three years....yet, it's not as though they just drifted apart since having been best friends during college. That 'falling out's name is Andy. Vivian is married to him. Lee had history with him. A very interesting part of the story happens early on....worthy of discussion.Lee contacts Vivian. After three years of no contact they meet at an old familiar coffee shop. Lee asks Vivian to take a road trip with her. [Lee's reason for the road trip]>>> she wants to find an uncovered tape hoping to learn more about her father..."first hand", since all she really knows is what she has learned from her mother, Linda. Lee was only 4 years old when her father, Jesse Parrish, a rockstar died in a car accident. She'd like to know what he was thinking at the time he died, and thinks the record he was working on might give her clues. It was Vivian's response - rather what she was thinking that puzzled, intrigued, and peaked my interest. "It did seem kid-detective, Lee lighting out on a well-worn trail that had never led anywhere, as far as I knew. But she was also the femme fatale--the one who shows up with a story full of holes and you, the cynic and the sap, still follow her. And old friend whose powers of persuasion still held sway because those powers had once persuaded you of so, so much". So, I thought of all the reasons I might say yes...take the trip...and reasons I wouldn't. Most of this story is told through Vivian. She says this about herself ---( then takes the road trip):"My doubts were never much of a match for my tendency to say yes to her. If I thought that changed, my difficulty in meeting her gaze now proved otherwise". WOW...I thought..."why the hell not?? You pansy!"However...then I looked deeper...looked at a few of my past friendships. I asked myself "do they still hold any - (dormant)- power over me? Might I have justified - in theory that I leave doors open to reconnect and forgiveness to simply fall back into old patterns?" Patterns that are not empowering? The entire story has thought-provoking dialogue. Women's friendships almost have a life of their own. They are among the most important relationships in life. They are at times easy...but often complex...as Deborah Shapiro so beautifully constructed. Besides the jealousies, and disloyalty ... their is intimacy, attachment, resilience, acceptance, and moments of laughter! Thank You William Morrow, and Deborah Shapiro

  • Esil
    2019-05-10 13:52

    This is the second book I have read recently about a complicated relationship between two women who first became friends in university. The first one was She Poured Out Her Heart, which I didn't love but which certainly engaged me on several levels. In contrast, I felt like I kept losing the thread of The Sun in Your Eyes. Lee is the daughter of a famous musician who died when she was 5 years old. Viv is her somewhat awe struck friend. There is also Andy, who started off as Lee's friend and ends up as Viv's husband. In their early 30s, Viv accompanies Lee on a road trip to find out more about Lee's father and how he died. The story is told from their alternating points of view, and moves back and forth in time. Their friendship has had highs and lows, and as the narrative unfolds it becomes less clear who has the upper hand in the relationship -- but what is clear is that this is friendship is fraught and full of wounds and scars. The concept isn't bad and there are some scenes that are really well done, but to me the book didn't hold together particularly well. I didn't really like Lee or Viv nor did they feel like fully dimensional characters -- it was also hard to understand what had drawn them together in the first place. And it felt like two storylines awkwardly meshed together: the women's friendship and Lee's quest to understand her father. I do find it interesting that both books about female relationships seemed to be driven by a need to de-romanticize female friendship -- explore ways in which women are capable of hurting each other -- interesting but imperfectly executed. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for an opportunity to read an advance copy.

  • BookBully
    2019-04-19 12:50

    2.5 stars for Shapiro's schizophrenic debut. Yes, this gal can write. And, yes, she knows the ends and outs of female friendship with its highs and lows. The periods of incredible closeness that often are tainted with jealousy and disappointment.THE SUN IN YOUR EYES tells the story of Vivian and Lee who meet in college and quickly become besties. Vivian comes from a quiet upper middle class family and suffers from a tendency to overanalyze herself and how other people interact with her. (Too often this detracts from the story.) Lee is the daughter of an uber-famous rock star who was killed when she was very young. The main part of the novel centers around a round trip that the adult duo take at Lee's insistence. Thirty years after her father's death, she's become obsessed with finding the lost album he was recording just before he died. Throughout this portion of the book, there are flashbacks to earlier events.And here's where I wanted to scream - yet again - "where was the editor?!" I'm not afraid of toggling back and forth between decades but there needs to be a sense of purpose and rhythm. Plus the addition of Andy, who once worshipped Lee, seems tacked on.Again, I want to emphasize that Shapiro knows her way around words and the nuances of friendship. "Though she kept things from Viv, she never felt she had to hide from her friend. To pretend she wasn't, on a good day, moody, and on a bad day, sometimes panicky. What Viv was able to do was take Lee out of herself." But passages like this are spoiled by a disjointed plot.

  • Cindy Roesel
    2019-05-08 16:46

    When I was younger, I was told by a wise woman, that men come and go throughout a woman’s life, but I should hold on to my girlfriends. Your really good girlfriends will always be there for you through the good and bad times, divorces, sickness, no matter what, so protect your friendships with the women you cherish. I never fully understood what she meant until I got older. Now unfortunately, my best girl-friends are scattered all across the country. A phone call isn’t the same as a hug or one-on-one chats over a glass of wine.the SUN in YOUR EYES (WilliamMorrow) by Deborah Shapiro explores the friendship between Viv and Lee. It’s a nice respite from a summer filled with “bad girl novels” like GIRLS ON FIRE and THE GIRLS. the SUN in YOUR EYES actually explores the dynamics of women’s friendships starting in their 20’s, then a decade later; it had me reflecting back on some of my own relationships. The novel starts like a familiar story about two girls, Viv, the quiet one falling under the spell of, Lee, the loud, rich outrageous one. But Shapiro doesn’t take the easy way. She writes with depth and the characters are complex. The narrative is full of surprises and messy.I usually have more to write about the novels I read, but I must admit this book took me deep inside myself. I found myself revisiting friendships I’ve had in the past, how they were positive and where they failed. I started looking at my part in those relationships and the ones I have now. Perhaps I’m getting sentimental. Life has been pretty extreme for everyone lately. Give someone you care about, an unexpected hug today! …just an idea…ANYWAY….. I enjoyed this novel. Deborah Shapiro is a highly talented writer. I suggest you read the SUN in YOUR EYES for yourself.

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2019-05-11 17:43

    Vivian and Lee met in college and probably never should have become or stayed friends. Lee is the daughter of a rock legend who died tragically young and a glamorous clothing designer. The more stable Viv is starstruck by her friend, as a young woman and when they reconnect after several years apart. Lee asks Vivian to accompany her on a road trip to learn more about her father and perhaps locate some of his missing songs.Of the two, Lee was the far more interesting and complex. Wounded, provocative, lacking boundaries, I always felt a sadness about her, perhaps an empty hole she was trying to fill to escape the void she felt about her father's death and her emotionally unavailable mother. Vivian, who narrated most of the book, was hard for me to embrace. She had lots of feelings about her relationships with her husband and Lee, but never voiced when she felt hurt or asked for clarification. Viv assumed the worst and held onto things. Both women had narcissistic features, Lee's were more pronounced and overt. Vivian's seemed more subtle and while she acknowledged at times wanting to hurt Lee with her words, I never got the idea Viv felt badly or wanted to do better for herself. For me, friends like Lee are easier to embrace, because what you see is pretty much what you get and I can adjust my expectations accordingly. Vivian, meanwhile, had an unspoken secondary friendship with Lee inside her head with assumptions and innuendos, and about which Lee knew nothing. I liked that Deborah Shapiro included letters, articles and interviews from Lee's parents' past to help understand the phenomenon of her father and his death. I didn't enjoy switching points of view from Vivian's first person narration to Lee's third person. I also didn't like that the book had large sections without chapters, so finding opportunities to pause was sometimes difficult. The most interesting aspects of the story for me belonged to Lee and her journey, but much of THE SUN IN YOUR EYES was devoted to Vivian's internal dialogue with herself about Lee and others with more telling than showing.I think many readers will see aspects of friendships they've had throughout the book. The dynamic between the two women reminds me of that in two much more enjoyable books BUFFLEHEAD SISTERS by Patricia DeLois and Kristin Hannah in FIREFLY LANE books.I received a complimentary copy of THE SUN IN YOUR EYES in exchange for my honest review.

  • LeighKramer
    2019-05-02 14:31

    When I first heard about Deborah Shapiro's The Sun In Your Eyes, I was intrigued. It's rare to find novels where friendship takes the center stage.The power dynamic between Viv and Lee is compelling. Who is using who? Are they more equal than either think? The time apart has given both a chance to reflect about their relationship. (We experience more of Viv's perspective in the first half and some of Lee's perspective in the second.) As we learn about how they first met and the circumstances that strengthened their bond, it becomes clear that for all their closeness, there are parts of each other they do not know or understand. As I read, I wavered between thinking Lee manipulated everyone around her to whether they had a co-dependent relationship to how Viv benefitted from her relationship with Lee. There were no easy answers. Even when the characters made choices with which I vehemently disagreed.At its heart, The Sun In Your Eyes is about the ups and downs of friendship and whether we can see another person clearly. I'm not entirely sure we as readers should judge the nature or health of Lee and Viv's friendship. We are changed by the people we befriend. At times, this blinds us to their faults- and we benefit when we are on the receiving end of this. Shapiro's debut novel impressed me for the ways she welcomed us into Lee and Viv's world and showed us its nuances and heft. It is at once a gracious and incising portrayal. Neither character is demonized but nor are they idealized and idolized. In other words, they are you and me. While I don't have any friends like Lee and Viv, their portrayal gave me hope about the state of female friendship because no matter how they leave things, it shows why women need each other. And we do need each other.The Sun In Your Eyes is a lovely and worthwhile addition to the friendship canon. Full review here: http://www.leighkramer.com/blog/2016/... Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this book by TLC Book Tours. Opinion is my own.

  • Melinda
    2019-05-04 19:35

    Visit A Tattered Copy for more reviews & giveawaysA story examining the dynamics of friendship. I found myself taking inventory of my friendships to see if I am easily influenced, passive, questioning if power and/or control exists, luckily my relationships are well balance.I found it interesting after a 'falling out' which led to a considerable amount of time apart, these two pick up the pieces, albeit with suspicion and questions not to mention guilt, as if a monumental interruption never occurred - betrayal isn't easy to digest. They do wrestle with their reconnection as the story unfolds. Lee clearly the leader, Viv the follower. The duo rekindles their fragile friendship for their own reasons - known and unknown.I enjoyed the legendary Jesse Parrish and the rock references along with Lee's quest to learn more of her deceased father Jesse.I do wish the plot focused less on Lee and Viv's past friendship and more on their interaction now. The alternating of 'then' and 'now' became distracting. Difficult to bond with protagonists, simply too much telling and not nearly enough showing.Fans enjoying a well written exploration of friendship and relationships in general will want to make room on their TBR.

  • Jen
    2019-04-26 18:30

    I received this as an egalley from William Morrow through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.I decided to stop reading this about 35% of the way through because at that point I was just no longer intrigued by it. While the characters can be interesting at times, and the writing is decent, I found the constant jumping between the past and the present to take away from the plot and overall made it feel as though nothing was actually happening. I felt no personal connection with any of the characters or with the distant plot and thus decided not to continue with it. I'm sure there are plenty of readers out there who would enjoy this type of story and can better connect to these sort of characters, but I am not one of the readers right now.

  • Bridget
    2019-05-15 17:38

    I ended this book thinking about who I want to gift a copy of this to but how much I hate the social pressure of foisting a book on someone and demanding that they read it.However this book was that good -- sharp and funny and smart and gut wrenching in its portrayal of this friendship that it might be worth forcing on a friend to find out if they saw the same moments as you.

  • Lyndsey Lesh
    2019-05-15 16:31

    Beloved find. Beautiful storytelling, enthralling, dark and leaves me contemplating.Sidenote: Neither cover does this book justice. The love story was joyful and dangerous, again & again just left me breathless.

  • Jackie
    2019-04-26 15:54

    Interesting and engaging, but point of view switches a bit disconcerting for this reader.

  • Christina Wedgwood
    2019-05-11 16:52

    "I expected her to change the subject, turn it to me, but she continued, as though a vein had been opened. Depression may not have been the clinical term for it, but she'd been low. She got herself to work but the rest of the time she was too low to do little more than watch TV or lie in bed thinking about how much effort it would take to do anything but lie in bed. Low in a way that felt like a habit or an addition; her lowness made her want more unstructured and unaccountable time in which to be low. Social engagements - any kind of engagement - encroached on that time were therefore a source of resentment. The lowness was like an addition too, in that she was compelled to hide it. She would keep the remote in her hand, ready to turn off the TV as soon as she heard Jack's key in the front door. She would quickly get out of bed. "What are you doing?" he would ask. "oh, just tidying up."Along the depression spectrum, there much be a point at which one is no longer able to be furtive, when you're too depressed to care about appearances. She hadn't reached that point. But how many times can you center a pile of books on a night table? Stand over your coffee table looking slightly lost? Was paranoia part of it too? Jack could, if it occurred to him, determine whether the TV was warm and just-watched. He could detect the recent impression of her body on the quilt and sheets, the indent in the pillow. Even the TV and the bed - her greatest comforts - were against her."

  • Sarah Beth
    2019-05-19 17:34

    This book took an extended time for me to finish. It was one I liked enough to keep going, but became tedious after a dozen pages, and I often fell asleep after just a few. It took me months to finish it. On one hand, the characters were well-drawn, interesting, and likable. On the other hand, much of the dialogue and conversations these characters had was improbable, pretentious, novel-speak that is not heard outside the pages of a book. It was a tug of war between interesting and annoying the whole way, the deluge of detail and insight into the characters and their relationships. Clever but over-worked analogies of the same relationship between two main characters, said a hundred different ways. A few of them would feel perfect, but the other 98 would feel unnecessary. The subject matter was easy to handle, but also a bit trite. Two college friends who go from co-dependent to estranged reunite. So much time spent shuttling back and forth between the college years and the present, the main characters now in their 30's. Something about spending too much time reading about college life is just not cute anymore, unless there is something new or interesting to say, or a great story to tell. Who was attracted to who, for how long, at what party, etc, no, regardless of the prose used in its telling. And a big part of the plot, what plot there is, is based around a dead fictional celebrity. I personally don't care for reading about fictional celebrities, just as I don't care for films about filmmaking or episodes of tv where the characters go to Los Angeles. It feels forced to me, not just in in this book, but generally. The names of the fictional albums, the descriptions of the album covers and the interviews, the way of using the F word too much in all of the celeb's dialogue is supposed to feel edgy and artsy and raw, none of it works for me, ever. So that was a really big part of this book, and though it wasn't done particularly poorly, I just can't stomach that much of it. And yet...parts of this book felt quite revealing or thoughtful. The characters will probably stick with me, despite speaking as if they have had hours to formulate each sentence. But I have a hard back with nobody to pass it on to, as I can't quite recommend it to my friends.

  • Elizabeth Mcnair
    2019-04-23 19:57

    The story of two college age girlfriends/roommates who ultimately get back together to see if they can find the tapes of ones rock and roll father who died in a car crash when she was young. You go back and forth to when they first became friends and now. Both characters tended to annoy me-both with their actions when they met and present day-and of course, they find out the story of the father's death.

  • Jen
    2019-04-24 17:39

    I had so much trouble finishing this book. I just couldn't seem to stay interested. I think it was partly because I just couldn't find anything to relate to in either Viv or Lee. Strangely enough I think a movie version would be much more to my liking. I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-17 17:33

    A story of friendship. A story of love and what one is capable of when they feel it slip through their fingers. The hunt to find something lost. Other than that, the story was scattered and didn't flow. This had a lot of potential but fell short in the long run, almost rushed.

  • Mari
    2019-04-26 14:42

    Beautiful, subtle.

  • Lori A. Parr
    2019-05-10 19:31

    Only read about 20%. Boring, very, very boring.

  • Purple Iris
    2019-04-19 17:44

    This was fine. Just fine. The blurbs made it sound spectacular, which I guess is what they're supposed to do. But I was underwhelmed. I enjoyed the plot, but the writing is pretty pretentious.

  • Sarah Wessel
    2019-05-11 13:50

    Lovely writing and yet the story just wasn't enough to keep me turning pages. After 100 pages, I skipped to the end, and will happily move on to another book.

  • Jill Gregory
    2019-05-20 11:58

    Underwhelming This story is boring from beginning to end with an anticlimactic ending. Living characters for less likable and relatable than deceased. Do not recommend.

  • Cat Jenkins
    2019-04-30 14:31

    This is the first time I've read almost to the end of a book and finally thrown in the towel before finishing it. It was that boring and that poorly planned. Couldn't muster the interest to care how it all turned out.This was a disorganized mish-mash that seemed to draw inspiration from 'Eddie and the Cruisers,' while giving a nod to 'Beaches.' It fell short of attaining any of the intriguing plot or characterization of either of those, however. Maybe the writer was trying to depict some kind of mid-30s, midlife crisis, but none of the characters were likeable or well-drawn. The 'flashback' bits were interwoven into the main story in a way that was detrimental to the flow. At times I had to backtrack to remind myself that one part was the past, not the present. And the character termed a possible sociopath? I got NOTHING from the passage involving him that would make me think he wasn't completely normal. When I found my mind drifting out of sheer boredom to the point that I lost track of the abysmally mono-dimensional Lee, daughter of a dead rock star, who's in search of his missing last tapes (remind you of Eddie and the Cruisers' 'Season in Hell' tapes?), well...I just had no interest in wasting more time on this.

  • Carol Turcotte
    2019-05-02 18:39

    After I discovered this book in a "Best Books of the Year" article and added it to my reading list I won a copy from the Publisher William Morrow! Part of the deal is to provide an honest review of the book, so here goes.Lee (the daughter of a dead rock star and fashion mogul ala Eileen Fisher) and Viv ( English major who constantly peppers her speech with literary references that I didn't get) meet in college and begin a friendship that shapes their world and their futures. I loved the "best girlfriends" aspect of this novel, but I almost stopped reading it a couple of times because of the incredible narcissism of the characters. Every phrase, every thought they have is intertwined with past memories and analyzed, scrutinized, and dissected. I also had trouble keeping track of "what happened when", probably because I am a rather linear thinker and this book is NOT linear. After I finished I thought maybe I should have created a timeline of the character's relationships (I did not read this on my Kindle so I didn't have access to that feature). I lost track of the number of times I had to flip back and re-read pages or sections or hunt for a name that was mentioned. That said, I really liked the end of the book. It ended up being a great story that I stayed up late to finish.I would recommend this book for lovers of literary fiction (especially those who have an extensive English-Major background) or book clubs who are looking for a great "girlfriends" novel. There would be a lot to discuss and the conversations about college friends would be fabulous.

  • Morninglight Mama
    2019-05-04 14:30

    Friendships begun in college have the potential to be lifelong, or they can exist only in those unique years between childhood and full adulthood. For Viv and Lee, their friendship was white hot during college, but petered out as they lost contact in the decade since. But as Viv remembers it, Lee had a special power over her, leading her into a glamorous world and helping her to feel worthy of being there. But there was a darkness to their friendship, secrets and deceptions that eventually led to their drifting apart. When Lee shows back up in Viv's life and proposes a road trip of sorts, one in which Viv would assist Lee in finding the answers she's always sought about her father, Viv can't help but be pulled back into her orbit. Viv's boredom with her own life is perhaps the biggest sign that she shouldn't go with Lee, but in doing so, she may finally discover what she does and does not need from a friendship. I enjoyed this novel, but I kept thinking that something *more* was going to happen. There was a low level buzz of suspense, but not a ton of payoff in the action part. The characters were clearly stuck in the models of personality that they made for themselves ten years earlier and needed a bit of push to do some maturing.

  • Debbie Payne
    2019-04-27 14:29

    I received this book as a result of a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. i was able to finish this book but it was not my favorite kind of book. I thought Deborah's writing style was quite good and the characters were interesting but complicated. However, I just didn't care much for the relationship between the two women. What responsible woman in her thirties would risk her career to just go road-tripping for a girlfriend who was chasing the truth behind her father's death? And then she goes and off and leaves her husband in the lurch, not even telling him about her pregnancy before she left; not to mention that she has a one-night stand with someone she reconnected with from her past! Lee is clearly not a good influence for Viv. Viv will need to do a lot of work to get her marriage back on track with Andy. I think I would have preferred the story of after the two very different women parted ways and Vivian came into her own.I gave this book a 3-star rating because a 2-star review would have too harsh as I did like Ms. Shapiro's the way the book was written with sharp and witty dialogue. She is clearly a good writer.If she hadn't been a good writer I might not have made it through the storyline.

  • Cardmaker
    2019-05-02 15:33

    The story is about two completely self-centred 30-something women who met in college. One of them is the daughter of a rocker who died when she was four years old so she grew up in the shadow of that incident plus her famous mother. She thinks she's better than everyone, including the "friend" that she went to college with. She's decided that she wants to look for some lost tapes that her father made just before he died and which were never released. They mysteriously disappeared. She calls the friend who drops everything (job, husband, life, etc) to go on a road trip with her.It's a short book so I made it through but barely. They are two very unlikeable characters and I didn't really give a hoot what happened to either of them.No, I wouldn't recommend it unless it's all you have to read and you're bored out of your mind.

  • Jael
    2019-04-20 14:29

    A road trip with a friend you haven't seen in years? In real life that sounds like a recipe for disaster. All that closeness with someone you're not sure you like anymore? Who would sign up for that? I personally wouldn't. But it could make an interesting book.Exploring the dynamics of friendship attracted me to Deborah Shapiro's debut novel The Sun in Your Eyes.Lee Parrish and Vivian "Viv" Feld haven't seen each other in three years. What caused their riff is at the heart of the book. Lee pops back into Viv's life because she needs help. Lee needs help digging into her past. She needs help connecting with the memory of her dead father.Read the rest of my review at: http://asiturnthepages.blogspot.com/2...

  • Lynda
    2019-05-01 19:46

    This is Deborah Shapiro's first novel and it is a gripping tale of a University friendship renewed as Lee, daughter of a dead rock star takes up again with Viv to go on a road trip to seek the truth about her father. The book uses a shifting narrative structure and moves around in time which enables the reader to see different perspectives. The central friendship has more than a little resemblance to the friendship in Elena Ferrante's Naples quartet of novels and that intrigues as different levels of relationships and their balance are explored. lee is charismatic and holds Viv somewhat in thrall. The novel is also something of a mystery. All in all, an enticing read.

  • Lora King
    2019-05-04 18:51

    Pretty short read. Story is about a girl whose father was a famous singer in the 1970's whose early mysterious death made him an icon (made me think of Kurt Cobain & Courtney a bit but at the end author was thinking more of Graham Parsons). There are some missing music tapes from his last session. Then the story is also about Lee's relationship with her old friend Viv and Andy. The girls take a road trip to try to find the tapes. Kind of convoluted isn't it. I didn't really like the characters at all except for some side characters who are very pivotal to the story. It's an ok read, good story but some of the writing just bored me.

  • Phil
    2019-05-07 11:50

    Despite being the author's father (RE: my objectivity), my daughter's book is one of the most cerebral, analytical and nuanced novels I've read in very many years of voracious reading. Particularly edifying is the author's profound perceptions and articulations of the continually evolving dynamics between the two lead characters and their personal relationship - a richly woven tapestry -. I strongly recommend the book with all of its subtleties and egregious "edges". Hope you derive as much pleasure from it as I did.Phil