The Alternative HeroBook - 2009
A comic, wildly energetic debut novel set in England during and after the indie music heyday of the 1990s. What do you do if you're a failed music journalist in your early thirties with a dead-end job, and the best moment of your life happened in high school when you first saw the band Thieving Magpies play, and the worst moment happened six years later when you saw their lead singer, Lance Webster, self-destruct on stage, and just today you've discovered that Lance is your neighbor? If you're Clive Beresford, you get drunk and write a note to your idol (the contents of which you can't remember the next morning), which convinces him that you're a stalker, which causes you to hide your true identity when you meet him by accident. . . . None of which smashes your belief that he could save your life if only he would give you that "earth-shattering exclusive" interview. With the narrative shifting between Clive's life-changing Magpie years and his life-upended present, we get a breakneck romp and a hilarious picture of friendship, hero worship, and the full-blast power of music to help us become, at the very least, who we like to think we are.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st American ed
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 403 p. : ill ; 21 cm