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The Town Slut's Daughter

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Fiona Larochelle flees a harrowing home life only to land in Vancouver's violently blazing punk rock underground. Music provides a catalyst when she mines a talent for singing and songwriting to form an all-girl band, the Virgin Marries. After the group breaks up, Fiona is stranded in the New York City and forced to navigate a minefield of vice, drug abuse, jealous lovers ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 17th 2014 by Howe Sound Publishing
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C.M. Subasic
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brave, insightful, music
Heather Haley knows how to rock out on the page. The Town Slut’s Daughter takes you on a shambolic ride that starts in Vancouver's punk scene, goes on a shoestring tour down the West coast and into Mexico, does a desperate and disappointing swing into New York City, a card-shark pit-stop in Vegas, an attempt at a second (third) chance in LA, that ends in a coke-fuelled and abusive relationship.

This novel is not pretty, but then again, it's not supposed to be. It is the story of a strong woman w
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Josie Boyce
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A rollicking tale of sex drugs and rock and roll, though maybe not in that order. In fact much like the early punk part of the book, maybe all three at the same time, or various combinations at least. It may be a fiction, but the great details of the early Vancouver punk scene play out in a very cinematic way. From Vancouver to LA, to NYC, to Vegas, La, again, and finally back to BC, Our hero Fiona lives the real rock and roll lifestyle, learning how hard it can be to escape yourself, let alone ...more
Gillian
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I WAS ALERTED TO THIS BOOK BY A FRIEND WHO POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK. I was won over by the cool graphics of the cover and too intrigued by the blurb to let it go! Well, I was in for a wild ride.
In fact I couldn't put The Town Slut’s Daughter down. At first it just took me back to my youth and let me wallow in nostalgia for teenage angst and the sheer joy of discovering rock and roll, which was great for a bit but then it wisely moved forward, to become a gripping story. We follow the engaging heroi
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Nadine Lucas
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: can-lit-clit
The Town Slut's Daughter gets off to a rollicking start. Through the eyes of the titular heroine, punk neophyte Fiona Larochelle, we are tossed, as if in to a mosh pit, right in to the propulsive and exhilarating energy of a DOA show. Haley describes the band in vivid detail, every sweat, growl, shimmy and guitar lick. I was transported back to my own twenty something days as a punk rocker. Haley hits all the right notes, immersing us in to the world of the Vancouver punk scene believably and re ...more
Marissa
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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It is a tale of a small town Canadian girl moving to Vancouver to live her dreams of playing music but along the way she gets distracted by drugs and a needy husband.

Fiona Larochelle goes to Vancouver to form an all girl punk band as she writes songs for her band Virgin Marries. The group ends up breaking up in New York as she ends up stranded there. She tries to rebuild her dream despite the drug abuse, jealous lovers and producers.

What fueled her success the first time around will
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Kayla Klontz
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down it was so good!
Christine Frost
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a gritty, raw, and insightful portrait of the burgeoning punk rock scene back in the day. All the mentions of the legends: Joe Strummer and the like brought back a flood of memories from my own life as a fan of this kind of music. It's a fast-paced read--much more action-packed than I anticipated, and ends with the raucous and reckless bang a story like this should. If you're looking for an unflinching look into some of the harsher moments of the world of music, this is a good read.
Louise
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A pretty interesting read. What a crazy life Fiona leads in this book. I enjoyed the story.
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