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Trailblazing poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media. She was an editor for the LA Weekly and publisher of The Edgewise Cafe, one of Canada's first electronic literary magazines. With work featured in many journals and anthologies, Haley is the author of poetry collections Sideways and Three Blocks West of Wonderland. She has directed numerous videopoems, official selections at dozens of international film festivals and toured North America and Europe in support of two critically acclaimed AURAL Heather CDs of spoken word song, Princess Nut and Surfing Season.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Howe Sound Publishing (September 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993881300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993881305
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,549,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just finished Heather's wonderful book and enjoyed it immensely. The characters are engaging, the punk scene is intriguing, and the dialogue is crisp, sharp and funny. Once the story gets you in it's grip, you can't put it down. I can't wait for Heather's next project.
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If you like living dangerously, or reading about it, this book's for you.
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.
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Don't let the Punk Rock scare you; this is a woman's story of love and adventure and survival. This is about sex and drugs and rock and roll. This is about a woman's personal journey from young girl to abused victim to scarred survivor. It may begin with the Punk Rock years, but follows the lead character Fiona through scenes of punk rock violence, to a more insidious violence of personal relationships. Warning: There is quite a bit of sex here, so if you are offended by graphic scenes of sex, stay away. But if you like sex and classic sexy writing, you will love this book. We know that not all sex is good. Sometimes there is a dark side. Poor Fiona discovers this horrible truth as an attraction becomes a trap. The scenes during the LA riots evoke the Jump into the fire scene in Goodfellas, but told through a strong woman's perspective. Rarely do you read books from a woman's perspective about sex and music. The Town Slut's Daughter takes you into the dark side of the music business. Why it makes Punk Rock seem tame in comparison.
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The writing is great, the history is accurate, the experience is exceptional.
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.
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Fiona wants to take you by the arm and show you everything - everything! - and you should let her. She'll walk you through absurdly dysfunctional families, creatives and poseurs, mountains of cocaine, the thrills and bitter frustrations of band life, a city on fire, and sex that explores a lot of territory: tender, frenzied, exhilarating, surreal, brutal. Fiona tells it all, unflinching, with a survivor's wry humor. Go on, get in - it's a ride worth taking. Fiona will drive too fast, and you'll love it.
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A wild ride through the world of Punk Rock. I have to be honest, Punk Rock has never been my thing, but good writing is, and this book has that in spades. The pace is electric, the scenes pulsate with energy, and through the character of Fiona, the reader is pulled into a world that can be beautiful and passionate one moment, and scary and ugly the next. The writing is so honest and direct, and dealing with such powerful feelings and social issues, that it will take your breath away. A scene in which Fiona and her boyfriend make love is one of the most beautifully and tenderly told depictions I can remember reading. When her lover is a woman, it is just as touching. (Nick Faragher, author of 'The Well and other stories' and 'No Big Thing')
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