Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me

Martin Millar, Author . Soft Skull $13.95 (222p) ISBN 978-1-59376-200-1

Millar (Lonely Werewolf Girl ; The Good Fairies of New York ) is laconic as ever in this loving tribute to disaffection and the hopefulness of youth. It's 1972, and for 15-year-old Martin Millar, who narrates, it's a time of hazy ambivalence and chronic dissatisfaction. Millar and his best friend, Greg, vie for the attention of Suzy (though she has a boyfriend) and play make-believe games in which they are masters of the Fabulous Dragon Army of Gothar. The defining event of their young lives, a Led Zeppelin concert in Glasgow, is, of course, awesome, but after the postshow glow dims, Millar's personal life takes a few harsh blows. The author's prose is deliberately oversimplified (“I know you have a short attention span,” he explains), and while the result effectively portrays his resigned melancholy, the reader is often left in want of deeper self-reflection. Still, the character's passionate nostalgia for his one encounter with “the best band in the world” is an endearing reminder that fleeting happiness is better than none at all. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/14/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 203 pages - 978-1-899598-22-9
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