A Star's Second Act

Singer Suzzy Roche's literary reinvention.

by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Photograph: Avery Powell

If you've ever had the privilege of hearing Suzzy Roche sing, you know all about her perfect pitch, her angelic tones, her subtle wit. Roche's masterly debut novel, Wayward Saints, mines these same prodigious gifts. When Mary Saint, a once-famous indie rocker, is invited to perform in her insular hometown in upstate New York, where her mother, Jean, still holds court, the two are forced into a long-deferred reckoning—with each other and with the demons of their past. This is a glowing tale of personal redemption and of the often mysterious, enduring bonds of family. (amazon.com)


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First Published November 8, 2011

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