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Grand Prize finalist with honourable mention, Eric Hoffer Awards 2022
Twenty years ago, Hugo and Ash were on top of the world. As the acclaimed rock band Ashbirds they were poised for superstardom. Then Ash went missing in a mountaineering accident, and the lives of Hugo and everyone around him were changed forever. Now, where the irrepressible, infuriating, mesmerizing Ash had been was a hole they could never hope to fill.
Two decades on, Ash’s fiancée Elza is still struggling to move on, her private grief outshone by the glare of publicity. The loss of such a rock icon is a worldwide tragedy. Hugo is now a recluse in Nepal, shunning his old life. Robert, an ambitious session player, feels himself both blessed and cursed by his brief time with Ashbirds, unable to achieve recognition in his own right.
While the Ashbirds legend burns brighter than ever, Elza, Hugo and Robert are as stranded as if they were the ones lost in the ice. How far must they go to come back to life?
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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. There’s also a dash of Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which will resonate with anyone who’s ever loved a rock band. But the heart of the novel is the way we are made fragile by loss and whether we ever recover.
Ever Rest has older ancestors: 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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