The Sound of Songs Across the Water

The Sound of Songs Across the Water

by Rob Yardumian
     
 

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It’s the summer of 1995, and in the hills above Los Angeles, Riley Oliver is trying to find redemption in rock ‘n’ roll. Fifteen years have passed since his band flamed out at CBGB, and Riley sees the life his former guitarist Will Taylor has built—successful producing career, the lovely Lena for a wife, a gated home—and he wants some of

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It’s the summer of 1995, and in the hills above Los Angeles, Riley Oliver is trying to find redemption in rock ‘n’ roll. Fifteen years have passed since his band flamed out at CBGB, and Riley sees the life his former guitarist Will Taylor has built—successful producing career, the lovely Lena for a wife, a gated home—and he wants some of that luck for himself. Jumping the fence, Riley brings the shadows of the past back to Will, and long-buried conflicts darken the sunny Southern California scene. Lena becomes restless, too; she has been living in the background of the music industry far too long, and this summer becomes one of longing and self-discovery for her and for her uninvited guest. After years of managing a video store, Riley has taken flight across the country to find the man he could have been: the singer-songwriter who made it. Is there something in his music, something alluring and deep, that will carry him into the future he seeks?

Los Angeles is the city of dreams fulfilled and destroyed, and the summer is one on a knife’s edge as Riley and Will build an album that could be either everything or nothing, even while Lena and Riley circle each other ever more tightly. Drummers and bassists, throaty singers and eager A&R men pass through, and music is a passion that happens to also be a business in this town. Riley seems to thrive in it, but the mysterious circumstances of his arrival with a few songs in his pocket and a black Gibson over his shoulder keep everyone wondering what he really wants, after all this time.

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“In this wonderful debut, Rob Yardumian tells an irresistible story about the struggles of two old friends. In doing so he writes brilliantly about music and sex, art and love, the power of money and the lure of charisma.”
—Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture and The Flight of Gemma Hardy

The Sound of Songs Across the Water is a rock ‘n’ roll novel that does what a rock ‘n’ roll novel must—capture the music, the bristling energy and careening emotions of it, and make it loud upon the page. Rob Yardumian writes like a really good band sounds.”
—David W. Williams, author of The Long Gone Daddies

author of Eva Moves the Furniture and The Flight o Margot Livesey
In this wonderful debut, Rob Yardumian tells an irresistible story about thestruggles of two old friends. In doing so he writes brilliantly about music andsex, art and love, the power of money and the lure of charisma.

author of The Long Gone Daddies David W. Williams
The Sound of Songs Across the Wateris a rock ‘n’ roll novel that does what arock ‘n’ roll novel must— capture the music, the bristling energy and careeningemotions of it, and make it loud upon the page. Rob Yardumian writes like a reallygood band sounds.

SMU Sophomore Mary Mikule
I’d expected to like the story in spite of its musical backdrop, but the exact opposite turned out to be true; I found the most resonant passages of the novel to be the descriptions of the music that weaves throughout the story. For me, these were the parts that really set this text apart from others...

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ISBN-13:
9781849822374
Publisher:
MP Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.02(h) x 0.75(d)

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