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 1994,19-year-old Elza Jones gets terrible news. Her fiancee has died while climbing Mount Everest. His body cannot be retrieved. Twenty years later, she is still unwillingly bound to him, for he was Ashten Geddard, front man of the phenomenally famous rock duo Ashbirds, whose fans still hope his body might be discovered. Also locked to him is Hugo, the musical genius who formed the band with Ashten when they were at school. Hugo is 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.
How far must they go to come back to life?
Which readers is Ever Rest for? A clear comparison is Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, for the loss of a person who is intrinsic to yourself. Also, it’s for anyone who’s ever loved a rock band, as in Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
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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