Songs From the Other Side of The Wall [NOOK Book]

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A lyrical love story for anyone who loves Murakami's Norwegian Wood
?captures the rhythms and nuances of how we live now in a way that has rarely been done better? LA Books Examiner

?Holloway?s accomplishment is in rendering a world in exquisite detail and still conveying the universal via the personal.? Emprise Review
?a lovely book written in that rare thing: beautiful, lyrical prose.? Jane Smith, The Self-Publishing Review
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Songs From the Other Side of The Wall

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Overview

A lyrical love story for anyone who loves Murakami's Norwegian Wood
“captures the rhythms and nuances of how we live now in a way that has rarely been done better” LA Books Examiner

“Holloway’s accomplishment is in rendering a world in exquisite detail and still conveying the universal via the personal.” Emprise Review
“a lovely book written in that rare thing: beautiful, lyrical prose.” Jane Smith, The Self-Publishing Review
“Songs From the Other Side of the Wall is a *very* good book” Erica Friedman, Yurikon publishing
After her mother walks out and returns to England when she’s just a week old, Szandi grows up on the vineyard in Hungary that has been in her family for 300 years. Now 18, Szandi is part of Budapest’s cosmopolitan art scene, sharing a flat and a bohemian lifestyle with her lover and fellow sculptress, Yang. She has finally found her place in the world. When she discovers that her father has only weeks to live, Szandi must choose once and for all: between the past and the present; between East and West; between her family and her lover.
Songs from the Other Side of the Wall is a coming of age story that inhabits anti-capitalist chatrooms and ancient wine cellars, seedy bars and dreaming spires; and takes us on a remarkable journey across Europe and cyberspace in the company of rock stars and dropouts, diaries that appear from nowhere, a telepathic fashion mogul, and the talking statue of a bull.
Please note, the pdf of this book is free to download from my website, http://danholloway.wordpress.com but I ask that if you can afford to do so, you download the pay-for version here. Thank you.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000696477
  • Publisher: Dan Holloway
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 261 KB

Meet the Author

Member of the Year Zero Writers collective; organiser of the Free-e-day Festival; author of literary fiction; presenter of cultural studies papers; blogger; in search of a twenty-fifth hour in the day.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    So Disappointing

    Let me start with the good things: Holloway can really write. The book is detail and image rich, and they are in the service of the plot, rather than the other way around. He's done a remarkably good job of creating a teen-age lesbian. Sandrine is, for a teen girl, engaging, and for a coming of age story, has some stuff to actually be angsty about. This is not just whining for the sake of whining. The bad: The plot twist. In an effort to create suspense Holloway gives us a mystery, several actually, but only one belongs here. After the death of her. lover.crush.object of desire.obsession, one thing that is never actually clear is what precise level of relationship Sandrine and Claire have, Sandrine begins to get bits and pieces of Claire's diary. Why? We don't know and the one thing that might potentially be called a hint is so tenuous as to be only useful in retrospect, and only barely. By whom? Same as why. Does it help us understand Claire better? Sure. Do we learn more about Sandrine's mom because of this? Yes. Is it vital for the plot? Probably. Did he do a good job of setting up why Sandrine is getting this? No. Honestly, magical fairies riding on black unicorns prancing about with vampires would have been just as believable as the set up he came up with. To take this a step further, this overarching mystery is what sets the ending in motion. And, because this mystery is so far beyond the level of mad coincidence, the ending is deeply unsatisfying as a result. Within two pages you go from thinking, 'Everything is wrapping up nicely' to 'What?!?' And that's where the disappointment sets in, this book was really well done until we get that final plot point and the entire story goes shooting off the rails crashing into the abyss below. I gave it three stars on the strength of the writing. In the hands of a lesser writer the plot would have earned this a one star review.

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