Today’s Sunday Boston Globe book section hails HOLD ME DOWN as a “propulsive thriller,” saying: “In electric prose, Simon conjures the rock-and-roll world, its drink, drugs, and band-dynamics, and the twin seductresses of excess and success, as she makes a penetrating portrait of friendship.”
I am overjoyed!
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A rockin’ novel
Clea Simon knows how to capture the texture of the rock club — its heat, sex, power, energy, and danger, too. Her propulsive new thriller, “Hold Me Down” (Polis), centers around Gal, the wild-once lead singer of a reunited band playing a show to honor the band’s late drummer, and Gal’s best friend. A man in the crowd with a familiar face is murdered outside the club, and the mystery that unfolds demands Gal look into her friend’s past, and the darker corners of her own. In electric prose, Simon conjures the rock-and-roll world, its drink, drugs, and band-dynamics, and the twin seductresses of excess and success, as she makes a penetrating portrait of friendship. She writes of what it is to look back on the past, with nostalgia, grief, longing, regret, and the ongoing process of losing control, and getting it back. “As she took control, the rave up became a grind. Not the best tempo, Gal had to admit, but at least it was hers again — her song, her band. And she played it for all it was worth, straddling the mic stand, caterwauling the lyrics. ‘Gotta make it new.’” Simon will read and discuss the book Thursday, October 28 at 7 pm in virtual event with Harvard Bookstore. To register, visit harvard.com/events.
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