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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED. Son of Canadian musician, mom commits suicide (I think) [s]

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message 1: by Bill (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Bill Doughty (plaidbrarian) | 1 comments I read this awhile back... it's about a kid in Canada who is the son of a musician from the 70s, and his mom commits suicide. He has to deal with this while two American college students/would-be groupies descend on his house and throw themselves at his dad. I think he even ends up losing his virginity to one of the girls, much to the chagrin of his oft-maligned girlfriend.

It wasn't especially great, but a decent enough read, and it's driving me crazy that I can't remember the title! Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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The Flooze (the_flooze) | 57 comments Baroque-A-Nova
Kevin Chong

From Publishers Weekly:

A Vancouver teenager tries to overcome the legacy of his parent's checkered musical past in Chong's debut novel, a muddled affair that attempts to blend a coming-of-age tale with a satire of '60s and '70s music and comes up short on both counts. Saul St. Pierre is the troubled protagonist whose life takes a strange and tragic turn with the suicide of his mother, Helena, a beautiful but mysterious singer who became famous performing in a folk duo with her husband and then left to live in Thailand after the couple split up. Saul's relationship with his famous father is both tricky and troubled, especially when life does a bad imitation of art and a German band called Urethra Franklin hits it big with a cover of his parents' hit, "Bushmill Threnody." Their fame triggers the arrival of a German film crew doing a documentary on the band, and Saul reacts to his father's renewed celebrity by turning squirrelly with his girlfriend, Rose, as he tries to seduce one of the two young groupies who show up to worship at the altar of his dad's achievements. Chong captures Saul's profound sense of dislocation and teenage angst, and he pens a few brief passages that get beneath the surface of the boy's complex dislike for his father. Even so, Saul never really becomes a full-fledged character, and the hit-and-miss nature of the satiric material makes for a choppy, erratic read. Chong has a flair for tongue-in-cheek irony that he demonstrates in several entertaining scenes, but this book has too many problems with plotting and consistency to be a genuine success.


message 3: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37354 comments Mod
Well that sounds astonishingly close. Moving to Solved.


message 4: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart | 15190 comments Baroque - A - Nova for the trackable link.


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