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Wayward Saints by Suzzy Roche.. Rock ‘n’ Roll novel by a folk rock icon? Well, the story has a solid feel, due to the writer’s knowledge of the music scene, and the story is good, three-chord stuff: music, love and life.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"A singer herself, Roche surely knows firsthand the kind of things her fictional rocker, Mary Saint, went through on that “long Tilt-A-Whirl ride” from struggling artist to successful commodity. In Mary’s case, the ride comes to an end when her agent drops her band from his roster. “Whatever yeh do, my dear, don’t go solo,” he advises. “Don’t be one of those sad porky rock stars that starts playing rubbish gigs for no money, singing songs about how they feel.” Instead, she wanders the streets of San Francisco “as if it were her job,” paying penance for her wild past."

The New York Times'

"Roche’s first novel has the quirkiness one would expect from a singer in a group whose fans consider them to be down-to-earth music royalty."

Kirkus Reviews

Author bio: Along with her sisters, Suzzy Roche is a founding member of the singing group the Roches, whose debut recording was named Album of the Year by the New York Times. She has been touring, recording, and writing songs for over thirty years. Wayward Saints is her first novel, and in 2013 her children’s book, Want to Be in a Band?, will be published by Random House.  Suzzy lives in New York City. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (272 pp. Rockriffic: Kindle/Print editions)

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