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The Town Slut's Daughter Paperback – September 17, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
This Fiona's on fire. Buy it now. This is Punk Literature at its unique and original best.
It's wonderful to see it happen: PUNK LITERATURE, not Beat literature, although the resemblance shares more than some literary kinship. West-coast L.A. and Vancouver, the anarchic poetry, music, and the days it was re-born. This novel is tough, full of trash talk, betrayals and stoned straight, bi, and anyways sex, with a Cinderella-like heroine running into the flames of her makings. Not some bit of simple storytelling, some biopic personal, this Fiona's on fire, the author courageous in her recreations of personal narratives, fictionalized for us ghosts. Don't look for safe sex, predictable outcomes, or even some love that doesn't come without the scars of burnt offerings. The author Heather Haley is a published poet, musician, film-maker and curator, and she dares what she says, and she says what she dares. The novel is percussive, the dialog staccato, the cut-away filmic, after all this is LA, the 80's - 90's with the excess of booze, coke and sex filling the house of Punk Music and its pains. And as always, the best novel comes from experience, and knowing; and who cares what my Cinderella (the novel's Fiona) would like to do, or does, in the end?
Buy it now. I'm sure the cover charge will change.
This is the blistering punk rock experience from a perspective than a “vanilla” reader can comprehend. It’s also a well written book that follows the tradition of a coming of age story. However, the main character, Fiona, written in third person (and supposedly non-biographical) is nontraditional in that she transcends the archetype in the details and insights of a unique individual in a unique time frame rarely explored and described.
Heather Haley, the author, gets inside the head of a character (Fiona) and tells her story to an audience who might never understand why she does what she does. The punk rock scene was different for everyone who was a part of it, including those who were "posers" and those who embraced it totally. Fiona’s experiences a character arch that is just good writing in that the reader gets to see her transformation from an innocent ,feeling like an outsider, to eventually embracing and then exploiting her power. Punk rock musician, bi-sexual lover, victim, and then the biggest transformation of all - which I won't reveal now because you need to read the book to find out what sex, drugs, and rock and roll turned into. This is a terrific read; insightful, wry, fascinating, you name it, this book has something for everyone. You have to read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heather Haley’s The Town Slut’s Daughter is an epic tale set in the punk-rock world of the 1980-90's, spanning the cities of Vancouver, New York, Vegas, and L.A. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Carr
The Town Slut's Daughter gets off to a rollicking start. Through the eyes of the titular heroine, punk neophyte Fiona Larochelle, we are tossed, as if in to a mosh pit, right in to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nadine
Heather Haley knows how to rock out on the page. The Town Slut’s Daughter takes you on a shambolic ride that starts in Vancouver's punk scene, goes on a shoestring tour down the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by colleen m. subasic
This bioptic novel has the unmistakable ring of authenticity that makes it horoughly enjoyable!Published 12 months ago by jon hegeman
This novel is a sexy rock 'n roll steamroller of a ride! Brutally honest scenes of the dark side of trying to make a living through music, surviving bad relationships, chemical... Read morePublished 14 months ago by danharbord
Sexy, harsh, a wild ride we get to share with Fiona growing up! Great characters! Missed the punk scene and was happy to get to experience it in Town Slut's Daughter. Love it!!!!Published 17 months ago by martina schliessler
Heather Haley's new book is an excellent tour through the world of the LA music scene of the 80's. Through her fictional(ish!) Fiona Larochelle, Ms. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Douglas Farage
Enlightening, engaging, and beautifully written. Authentic and memorable. Thank you for a wonderful read!Published 19 months ago by Maureen M
I wanted to throw in some favorite quotes from The Town Slut’s Daughter. I lent my copy to someone who I had hooked in with author Heather Haley’s seamless blending of narrative... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Julie Vik