A week after Hank and Lily decide to break up, they start a band together and come up with a unique gimmick: the band will be made up of ex-girlfriends and boyfriends. But as soon as THE EXES go on tour, the band finds out it's not so easy to share a motel room with your old flame. The novel is told from four different viewpoints as the ...
A week after Hank and Lily decide to break up, they start a band together and come up with a unique gimmick: the band will be made up of ex-girlfriends and boyfriends. But as soon as THE EXES go on tour, the band finds out it's not so easy to share a motel room with your old flame. The novel is told from four different viewpoints as the characters try to cope with working together and examine the new emotions triggered by being on the road. Jealousies flare and intimacies renew as they discover each other's foibles, failings and fuck-ups.
New. In one of the most critically acclaimed novels of recent years, Pagan Kennedy takes readers on a hip and hilarious tour of today's rock 'n' roll world. The Exes, an up-and-coming indie band, is made up of people who used to be lovers. Progressing fro.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-05-04 The fights, friendships, loves and breakups of a modestly up-and-coming Boston band, The Exes (so named because they are all ex-boyfriends and -girlfriends), come to light from the perspective of each band member in Kennedy's hilarious, smart second novel (after Spin-sters). Rock-snob Hank wants the group to be "so obscure and brilliant that just knowing the name of this band would be like saying a password." Lilly, on the other hand, wants to be famous and has what she calls "the stink," which Hank recognizes as the soul and genuine talent he lacks. Shaz is a mystery to the rest of the Exes: she grew up in a devoutly Muslim, Pakistani home but gained her reputation as the bassist for a lesbian punk band. Drummer Walt dropped out of Harvard grad school after a nervous breakdown and has been working in dead-end jobs and struggling to hold on to his sanity ever since. As the band gains a reputation and starts to tour, old romances rekindle and bridges burn, and Kennedy gives us our own insider tour of the indie music business. Yet the hip trappings are just that, trappings: Kennedy captures the voices and the spirits of these young musicians with depth, originality and an imaginative scope that transcends their tiny, incestuous world. (July) FYI: Pagan Kennedy was the editor of the popular zine Pagan and was dubbed "the queen of zines" by Wired magazine. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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