|About the Book|
Unlike most musicians, Rafe Matheson has finally realized his dream of “making it” in L.A. Now, at 32, he’s an accomplished guitarist. He has as much work as he wants with prestigious artists. He knows Glenn Frey. And he and his collaborator FoxMoreUnlike most musicians, Rafe Matheson has finally realized his dream of “making it” in L.A. Now, at 32, he’s an accomplished guitarist. He has as much work as he wants with prestigious artists. He knows Glenn Frey. And he and his collaborator Fox Russell wrote a song which has just become a hit.But the hot confusion of L.A. in the Eighties, the emphasis on success and money instead of on artistry, has started to eat away at him. So he goes home to Tennessee, to the old house where his grandmother lives. What he’s really looking for is a group of friends from the Seventies, with whom he used to play Eagles and Doobie Brothers songs. Finding them still playing in a band called Silver River, he brings out six of his own songs and starts to work with them on a demo.His two housemates in L.A., however, don’t want to let him go so easily. Fox, convinced that he can’t make music without Rafe, comes after him—bringing along Rafe’s old girlfriend, who is now Fox’s lover. When Rafe refuses to go back to L.A., Fox won’t listen to the reasons why, and informs Rafe that he’s going through a mid-life crisis ten years too early. He settles in and begins to work with Silver River himself, directing and influencing their live act for an upcoming gig.This collision of Rafe’s two worlds sends him into a tailspin. Fox’s effect on the separate members of Silver River, including the woman Rafe has loved since high school, is devastating. Rafe also finds himself having to deal with the previous death of one of the younger members of the band, and with Granmom’s new live-in “friend” Jesse. Nothing, he begins to realize, is the way it used to be.This novel, braiding three points of view, explores the competitive yet reluctantly trustful bond between people who create music together.