Songs in Ursa Major
*The must-read book of the summer*
‘Utterly transporting’ Stylist
‘A gorgeous, one-gulp novel’ Red
‘Emma Brodie perfectly channels the languorous romance of the time . . . I got chills’ Kevin Kwan, No.1 bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians
Behind every greatest hit, is an even greater love story.
THE SUMMER OF 1969
From the moment Jane Quinn steps barefoot onto the main stage at Island Folk festival, her golden hair glinting, her voice soaring into the summer dusk, a star is born – and so is a passionate love story.
Jane’s band hits the road with none other than Jesse Reid, the musician whose bright blue eyes are setting hearts alight everywhere. And as the summer streaks by in a haze of crowds, wild nights and magenta sunsets, Jane is pulled into the orbit of Jesse’s star.
But Jesse’s rise could mean Jane’s fall. And when she discovers a dark secret beneath his music, she picks up her guitar and writes her heartache into the album that could make or break her: Songs in Ursa Major.
Set against the heady haze of the 70s and alive with music, sex and sun-soaked hedonism, SONGS IN URSA MAJOR is an unforgettable debut and the soundtrack to a love story like no other.
'Emma Brodie perfectly channels the languorous romance of the time and the beautiful struggle of an artistic soul trying to break free . . . I got chills' Kevin Kwan, #1 bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians 'Sexy, atmospheric, and entertaining - this novel is pure joy on the page' Christina Baker Kline, #1 bestselling author of Orphan Train 'Moving from New York to Los Angeles to Greece to the Grammys... Brodie's debut is a furious page turner, meditating on the glittering beast of fame' Booklist 'This book brings the reader behind the scenes of recording studios and offers a love letter to the '70s music industry, but it's so much more than that. It's a brilliant examination of creativity, sacrifice and what we do for art' Katherine Heiny, author of Early Morning Riser 'Emma Brodie sieves through history to give us a behind-the-scenes, behind-closed-doors view of an aspiring singer's tumultuous rise to fame . . . A drenching, delicious and impressive debut' Paula McLain, bestselling author of Orphan Train 'An enjoyable debut that will appeal to fans of this iconic era' Kirkus 'Splashy, engrossing reading. Songs in Ursa Major is pure sun-soaked summer fun' Kate Quinn, bestselling author of The Alice Network 'Like a perfect summer song, Songs in Ursa Major breathes new life into a familiar tune and will work its way into your heart and not let go' Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest
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