The Words of Every Song
‘A remarkable novel, elegant, wise, and beautifully constructed.’ Roddy Doyle
Tommy Mays, Titan Records’ biggest act, is verging on a mid-life crisis; learning the hard way that a life of fame and fortune comes at a price. But things are looking up for his support band, The Burn, which could be a career-changer for Theo, Titan’s young A&R executive. Meanwhile, secretary Cynthia has her eyes on Titan’s latest rising star, singer-songwriter Lenore Lamont. But with a billboard in Times Square, is Lenore starting to feel the pressure?
Set in the sleek offices, high-tech recording studios and hip downtown clubs of New York, The Words of Every Song depicts the realities of making it in an industry where glamour and fame can often conceal the harsh realities for those hoping to hit the big-time.
This is a remarkable novel, elegant, wise, and beautifully constructed. I loved the book, and admired the work and spark that went into it. Impressive ... Moore crafts a clever cycle of interconnected short stories about players in New York City's music industry. * People * The kind of book you want to read twice. The first time you read it for the well-told story, the second time for another look at the inventive way [Moore] tells it. * Boston Now * Imagine having happened upon Dylan singing in Harvard Square, or having caught one of Joni Mitchell's early shows at an empty club. This is how I felt reading Liz Moore's lyrical and powerful debut novel, like I was witnessing a timeless artist on the verge of transcendence. The Words of Every Song is a virtuoso performance. These beautifully rendered characters are melodies that echo in your head, chords that reverberate in your heart, and, long after you've turned the last page, you can still hear the audience calling for an encore. Sweet, wistful, artfully arranged: like the best mix tape anyone ever made for you. * Kirkus starred review *
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