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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary American Novellas
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Black Hill Press (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615734960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615734965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,232,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Frechette was born in the Philippines and raised in Tokyo and San Francisco. After a youth spent playing guitar in punk bands, Jon moved to Southern California to study film at Chapman University, from which he graduated summa cum laude. An avid cyclist, Jon now lives in Los Angeles, where he tries to avoid being hit by cars. The Frontman is his first novella.

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I could relate to all the characters and many of their situations.
Todd Luoto
My feelings for them evolved over the course of the story as I identified with them more and more, truly caring how things would turn out for each of them.
Todd Croak-Falen
In addition to the story itself, I found the author's style to be intriguing and swift.
Veronica B.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johanna on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
"The Frontman" is a book about a musician teetering between the pursuit and loss of his dream - to lead a successful and meaningful band. It's a story we can all relate to: how far will we follow our passions and at what price? The story gives voice to our fears and hopes in a style that is both effortless and rich. I started reading the book at 5am on a stop-over in an airport after a tiresome 3-hour plane ride. I couldn't put it down. It's a fast read and I highly recommend it. Like a great film, you leave wondering about your own choices, relationships, friendships, family, and passions. A great story, well told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerren on January 29, 2013
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"The Frontman" may sound like it's about a pretty specific--and well tread--story at first glance: A young man's ennui, set in the middle of the trendy New York music scene. But what author Jon Frechette manages to do by the final pages is make this story universal, the specificity of the topic giving way to something larger that anyone with creative aspirations has gone through and can relate to. He does this by truly focusing on what drives said ennui, rather than wallowing in it, and offering this tale in an unassuming, insanely READABLE style. I found that refreshing and worthy of praise.

Another thing to praise would be Frechette's structure, starting with a concise and clear introduction of both lead characters (Will and Leah), then branching off to tell their stories from their respective POVs in alternating chapters. Now, this is something lots of authors have attempted lately, some of which more successful than others (Murakami, naturally). Frechette commendably inhabits both the male and female perspective, and the dueling thought processes coalesce by the end in a tangible and rather lovely way. Again, this is a unique and genuinely introspective way to deal with something that might seem familiar.

In the end, I think that's what all good writing should strive for: Taking something familiar and having something new to say about the topic. (I know, I know...who am I to say?) Frechette accomplishes this through both style and details. And, again, it's just so readable (it flies by). Recommended for anyone attracted to these kinds of stories, but might be put off by the familiar description. Don't be. It's worth the read. (And, for the record, I wish I could give this 4 and A HALF stars)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd Croak-Falen on May 8, 2013
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This is one of the most insightful books I've ever read about the balancing act of being an artist. (Any kind of artist, although in this case the focus is on music.) There is a cost to staying true to one's artistic integrity, and sometimes that cost is success, relationships, or even happiness. At times you have to wonder if it's worth it.

"The Frontman" captures this beautifully, walking the fine line of being poignant but not depressing. The characters (and their dialogue) are realistic, and their inner thoughts are concise and insightful throughout the entire story. My feelings for them evolved over the course of the story as I identified with them more and more, truly caring how things would turn out for each of them. There's an honesty here that not every book contains. It's well worth your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veronica B. on March 2, 2013
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Anyone in a creative field has had to figure out how to balance their passions with the demands of "real" life, and this novella addresses that issue with a refreshing perspective. The two main characters struggle with this, and it's a tangible problem that I could readily connect to. The novella asks its readers to consider the different paths, and it doesn't shy away from how devastating a dream can be. In addition to the story itself, I found the author's style to be intriguing and swift. Overall, this style made the novella an easy yet fulfilling read. I would highly recommend this story to anyone.
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Jon Frechette was born in the Philippines and raised in Tokyo and San Francisco. After a youth spent playing guitar in punk bands, Jon moved to Southern California to study film at Chapman University, from which he graduated summa cum laude. An avid cyclist, Jon now lives in Los Angeles, where he tries to avoid being hit by cars.

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