Author: Dawnie Walton
Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/37 Ink
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Book Description: An electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic 1970s rock duo, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite for one last tour.
Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can’t imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job—despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar’s amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records.
In early seventies New York City, just as she’s finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal’s bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth.
Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo’s most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything.
Provocative and chilling, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev features a backup chorus of unforgettable voices, a heroine the likes of which we’ve not seen in storytelling, and a daring structure, and introduces a bold new voice in contemporary fiction.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Mini-Review: When I first read the description of this book, I was thinking Daisy Jones & The Six, and I though oh yes, I would definitely like this book. What I forgot was that when I read Daisy Jones I hated it in book format, but loved it in Audiobook format. I feel the same exact way with this reading experience. For some reason reading an entire book in interview format does not work for me.
If you loved Daisy Jones than I am sure you will love this one. Taking place in the 70’s Opal & Nev rise to fame, but come across many racial issues especially when on tour that affects them forever.
I might give this another chance when I can get an audio version, but for now, I must leave it at that.
Thank you NetGalley and 37 Ink for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.