Ever Rest is finished. Six years in the making, though I did publish three other books along the way (my plot book, my workbook and Not Quite Lost).
It might not be as you imagined. Though maybe it is, if you’re wondering why the ARC cover is a white record label. (Yes, that’s what it is.)
Here is a preview of Ever Rest.
In 1977, Marc Bolan.
In 1980, John Lennon.
In 1994, Ashten Geddard.
Ashten Geddard, half of the rock duo Ashbirds, dies while climbing Mount Everest, his body lost beyond reach. Twenty years on, his music is as popular as ever and fans thrill to the idea that he might still be found. Meanwhile, three people are unwillingly bound to him: Elza, once his bereft fiancée, immortalised in his songs. Hugo, the musical genius who formed the band with Ashten when they were at school, now a recluse in Nepal. And Robert, a struggling session player who is both cursed and blessed by his brief time with Ashbirds, chased for press interviews every time a body is found that could be Ashten, still craving recognition for his own music.
‘We carry the past inside us. It is a man in a glacier coming back, slowly.’
And until he comes, they will not ever rest.
Which readers is Ever Rest for? Anyone who’s ever loved a rock band, so a clear comparison is Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Also Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, for the loss of a person who is intrinsic to yourself.
Is it like David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue, which is also about a band? I haven’t read it, so I can’t say. Some reviewers have commented that another of my novels, My Memories of a Future Life, has a similar feel to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, so there might be crossover.
But here are some definites. Ever Rest‘s older ancestors are: Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, for music as a primal and romantic force; Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, for its complex friendships and its people entangled for ever by a remarkable time; Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air for the deadly and irresistible wildernesses that surround our comfortable world.
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