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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    A book with heart. This one has it all: Rock'n'Roll's seamy unde

    A book with heart. This one has it all: Rock'n'Roll's seamy underbelly, the trials of being in a Catholic family, friendship, love, devotion to the aging, humor, startling images and metaphors dropped as casually as the sliver of silver paper in a pack of gum or cigarettes - and I'm only 1/2 way thru it! Also, it's not too heavy to carry around town. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Live To Read

    Mary Saint is the main character and very interesting. She is not your typical lead singer or musician. She marches to the beat of her own drum. The author provides the reader with details from Mary's past, including her touring and band experiences, as well as her current turmoil. What do you do after you are a lead singer? Mary still deals with the death of her boyfriend, Garbagio, and the disbanding of Sliced Ham (her former band).

    Mary's character was memorable and enjoyable. She seems so raw and real in the novel. Thaddeus, her best friend, is a compassionate character. The reader will be able to tell that he clearly cares for Mary and wants what is best for her. Jean, Mary's mother, comes off as a bit cold. She doesn't seem to have her daughter in mind most of the time and doesn't appear to care overly much for her. The other secondary characters were kind of just there, they didn't add much to the story.

    Mary's story is interesting and fun to read. If the reader enjoys musician stories, band stories, etc... this is a book that he/she will love. The author herself writes from a knowledgeable base, the reader can believe much of Mary's story. The book can be comical as well as serious. The events are well-written and flow perfectly. This novel is recommended to adult readers.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    Mix of Weird and Wonderful

    Wayward Saints is a mix of weird and wonderful characters spanning time together. From the broken Mary Saint to the likable chocolate tranny Thaddeus at God’s Kindness Church, I wasn’t expecting much beyond a simple quick read but found myself pausing to reflect on the many themes in this book. Suzzy Roche combined music, faith, family and recovery, directing the reader to love and forgiveness through angst-ridden lyrics and musings of a tormented protagonist that I found at times to range from poetic to depressing.

    With a story heavy on wavering faith, many of the whimsical characters were interesting, but others were not as developed. The reoccurring themes of violence, self-destruction, and faith through me off and I was left wondering who the real Mary Saint is. She’s so damaged that you want to empathize her, but Mary’s resolution feels awkward. Perhaps this is intentional as there is no perfect conclusion to existential matters.

    It’s amusing that a punk rock text brought me back to folk rock jams. I was unfamiliar with the musical repertoire of The Roches prior to this book; however, I enjoyed the mellow musical companion “Song for Wayward Saints”, a duet with daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche available
    online. As this is Suzzy Roche’s first novel, I admire her versatility and promising talent as I look forward to her future works.

    Reviewed by Rosa for Book Sake.

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