Publisher Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, April 2004
Her acclaimed debut, THE SONG READER, won her praise as a “brilliant new literary talent” (The Albuquerque Tribune). Now, Lisa Tucker returns with a starkly lyrical novel of page-turning intensity and rare emotional power.
Patty Taylor can handle anything. So what if the guys in her band dismiss her as just a pretty face, hired by their manager to make them more popular? She’s already survived a bad childhood, a destructive teenage relationship, homelessness, and working twelve-hour shifts washing dishes. Traveling with the band gives her a way to provide for Willie, the two-year-old son she adores.
But on a hot summer day in Kentucky, when Willie’s father shows up outside her hotel room –newly paroled from prison and intent on having her and his son back– Patty begins a journey that will change her from a girl who puts up with anything to a woman with a voice that can bring the house down.
“Like the best blues songs, Tucker’s passionate story never flinches from the heartbreak of life, all the while reminding us of the true miracle: that broken hearts can heal, that grief can lead to joy.”
— Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife