The Loneliest Band in France: A Novella
Mistaking an ad to join the titular The Loneliest Band in France for one to sell his blood, Migara de Silva, the novella's narrator -- a Sri Lankan student, new to Montpellier -- finds himself, instead, under the sway of the band, drinking heavily and being recruited to play a battle-of-the-bands-esque concert (that night) at the local Cafť Bovary with its four members: NoŽl, Guy, Lucien, and Michel. Not only is there prize money attached to the concert, the bandmates also see this as an opportunity to debut a new song, one, they claim, that can hurt -- even kill -- its listeners.
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This debut novelist already won an award for this book (the 2019 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize) and he’s making a big splash in the Las Vegas literacy scene. This book deserves the attention - it’s the most unique and affecting piece of literature I’ve read in the past 5 years. Fisher is someone to watch.