"This is an outstanding novel... Erin is a perfectly flawed heroine." ~ Semifinalist, 2017 BookLife Prize (10 out of 10 in All 5 Categories Judged)
"Rowen's angsty, passionate debut explores the virtues and pratfalls of rock and roll fandom... Rowen's frank delivery will hold readers from start to finish." ~ Publishers Weekly
Erin Reardon gets her first kiss from Jim Morrison and loses her virginity to David Bowie. When she flunks out of college, Bruce Springsteen comforts her, and Elvis Costello breaks her heart in Europe. So what happens when she finally meets a rock star in the flesh?
Erin's a lonely misfit with an eating disorder and a wild imagination. She believes she was born to save—and love—at least one tortured musician, and is willing to risk almost everything to fulfill that destiny.
"...gracefully grapples with several important issues, including alcohol and drug addiction, loss, grief and sexuality... There are also many entertaining pop-culture references to offset the weighty themes... An intriguing novel that looks at the ways that people cope with the pain in their lives." ~ Kirkus Reviews
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a newly revised and edited second edition of a critically-acclaimed, award-winning literary/women's fiction piece sure to compel you to keep those pages turning. [DRM-Free]
Books by Mary Rowen:
- "Leaving the Beach"
- "Living by Ear"
- "It Doesn't Have To Be That Way" (Coming Spring 2020)
More Great Women's Fiction from Evolved Publishing:
- "Participant" by Carmen Kemp
- "All the Tomorrows" by Nillu Nasser
- The "Borderline" Series by Taya DeVere
- "Yours to Keep or Throw Aside" by E.D. Martin
- "White Chalk" by P.K. Tyler
- "Cassia" by Lanette Kauten
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About the Author
I’m drawn to stories about women facing and overcoming challenges at various stages of life, so I love reading and writing women’s fiction. Music, musicians, and music fans tend to find their way into my work too.
Other interests include feminism, body image issues, parenting, and current events. I blog about that stuff and more whenever I can. My essays have been featured on numerous sites and blogs, including Mutha Magazine, Feminine Collective, and Huffington Post.
A graduate of Providence College, I was raised in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley, and live in the Boston area with my family and pets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Poignant, Painful Journey to Self-Discovery and Rebirth! 4.5 Inspiring, Healing Stars! The Review: This was a unique and powerful read for me. Along with being intense and emotional at times it was also genuine and fun! Sometimes good, sometimes heartbreaking, from the beginning, this book is an extraordinary journey as our heroine takes off on an adventure of self-discovery and healing but it also gives us an up close look at her life through pain and passion. Story/Characters... Erin has many sides. Along with being a little out of touch with reality, she’s introverted and compulsive but she can also be sweet and fun. She’s not had the easiest life. She’s endured loss and pain since childhood and her way of coping is severe. Everything from her fathers death to her dead end job has left her reeling and her method of release is binging then tossing as bulimia plays center stage to her life. She never set out to do something so destructive and battling this serious disease has caused more problems than it’s helped but she’s in so much pain, its her way of purging it all. She loses herself in more than one way. We get a very real look at bulimia from the sufferers point of view and the effects it has on her life. It affects Erin physically which only increases her insecurities. Her self-esteem as well as self-worth was in shreds. The graphic images the author paints as she struggles with her disease was stark and grueling to read through and also shed a new light on a subject I didn’t know much about. When Erin’s world gets turned upside down yet again with the death of Lenny, who she’s infatuated with, she strikes out on a mission of truth and a desire to help someone else battle their addiction, which also reflects a mirror on her own issues. I loved the message that if you believe and trust and work towards something better, you can win the battle, allowing others to help and support you, you can overcome. So there’s hope in the end. Along with the insightful view at her eating disorder, we also get a beautiful and woeful story about addiction and obsession as Erin’s passion for music sends us looking for a supposedly dead musician. I loved all the music references in this book. It was both educational and entertaining. This read takes us to two pivotal time periods in the heroines life. In her early childhood years and in the early nineties where grunge rock was the music of choice. Exploring these eras, the author takes us back in time to see a younger Erin as she deals with the horrible hand fate has dealt her and the present as she tries to cope with even more loss and devastation. And sadly, her rock bottom, gets deeper before it’s all done. Erin was completely relatable. She might have lived in her own fantasy world but her pain was real and though, hopefully not to the extremes she endured, we’ve all at some point experience that deep pain we wished we could find a way to pass quickly through. She deals with real issues and her plight really drew me to her. The Wrap Up: With enchanting pros and a heartfelt plot, the author does an incredible job pulling you into the story and when I reached the end, I felt like no time had passed at all. I felt changed and educated. I also really enjoyed all the pop culture references. This was a debut novel for Mary Rowen and she did a fantastic job mixing a light and fun adventure with dark and powerful issues. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Rock on! NOTE: * Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews * I was gifted a copy from Booktrope Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I read this as an Advanced Reader Copy, and feel lucky I did. This is the line that made me fall in love with this book: “I loved the way Colin’s gentle Bono¿esque brogue turned me—plain old Erin Reardon—into Aerin, a Celtic princess, a fairy from the moors.” I love that line, and it kind of captures for me the humility, the gratefulness, and the capacity to dream that mark the heroine of this book. The music is like a rich character in and of itself, from the Cobain-like Lenny Weir to my beloved Springsteen and Elvis Costello. I also love the period details -- Bain de Soleil (!) -- that take me right back to the 80s, plus crack me up and tug my heart, as when the main character describes her mother as “Not Cheryl Tiegs pretty, but maybe Penny Marshall pretty.” Rowen's prose is genuine and generous, funny and graceful, and she's got the storytelling chops to match. Brava!
I absolutely loved this book! I started reading Leaving the Beach the minute the publisher, Booktrope, gave me an advanced copy and I could not put it down. The main character’s passage from high school to adulthood and all her hopes, dreams and struggles that accompany that journey is true to heart on so many levels. The twists and turns in the plot keep the reader wanting more!!! Erin felt like a high school friend by the time I reached the end!! Very engaging story line!