From a folk-rock legend comes a tender, comic story of family, music, and second chances.
"Wayward Saints is funny, smart, poignant, the prose so clear, so direct, so true. This book is a joy."
Mary Saint, the rule-breaking, troubled former lead singer of the almost-famous band Sliced Ham, has pretty much given up on music after the trauma of her band member and lover Garbagio's death seven years earlier. Instead, with the help of her best friend, Thaddeus, she is trying to piece her life together while making mochaccinos in San Francisco. Meanwhile, back in her hometown of Swallow, New York, her mother, Jean Saint, struggles with her own ghosts.
When Mary is invited to give a concert at her old high school, Jean is thrilled, though she's worried about what Father Benedict and her neighbors will think of songs such as "Sewer Flower" and "You're a Pig." But she soon realizes that there are going to be bigger problems when the whole town--including a discouraged teacher and a baker who's anything but sweet--gets in on the act.
Filled with characters that are wild and original, yet still familiar and warm--plus plenty of great insider winks at the music industry--Wayward Saints is a touching and hilarious look at confronting your past and going home again.
Praise for Wayward Saints
"Wayward Saints is full of wonderful observations about family, fame, guilt, aging, the stupid music business, and the power and glory of performing and creating. Most importantly, Suzzy Roche has written a book about love and redemption. And it's funny! I loved the little details and the big surprises."
"[Roche's] language is dazzling--unpredictable, supremely funny, irreverent, and full of authority. Wayward Saints is the best and most surprising debut novel I've read since I can't remember when."
"If you've ever had the privilege of hearing Suzzy Roche sing, you know all about her perfect pitch, her angel's voice, her subtle wit. Her masterful debut novel, Wayward Saints, mines these same prodigious gifts. When Mary Saint, a once-promising indie rocker, is invited to perform in her hometown, where her mother, Jean, still holds court, the two are forced into a long-deferred reckoning: with each other and with the demons of their past. This is a golden-threaded tale of redemption, of the transformative powers of art, and of the mysteries, pains, and sacrifices of love."
"Spoiler alert: this book is wonderful from beginning to end. I loved every page."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Litgirl7 - LibraryThing
I liked this book, even though I went crazy from the dumb names (I'm sorry) 'Sliced Ham' 'Garbagio'-I felt like this was a 'mocking' of some sort, so I was torn between taking the book seriously or ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gaijinsue - LibraryThing
Mary Saint was once an underground rock star, singer of songs such as "You're a Pig" and "I Can't Swallow You No More," but after the death of her lover and fellow band member Garbagio, her manager ... Read full review