Our Book Lover’s Book Club recently read and raved about Taylor Reid Jenkins’ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so when sent a copy of her new book, Daisy Jones and the Six, (which comes out March 5, 2019) I was quite excited to read it.
My excitement level went up exponentially when I realized that Daisy Jones was a fictionalized telling of Fleetwood Mac around the time they recorded the iconic Rumours LP. Daisy has a lot of Stevie Nicks in her DNA, Karen has quite a bit of Christine McVie in her makeup, and lead singer Billy Dunne is the improbable mashup of Mick Fleetwood and Don Henley (sounds strange, but it works).
Jenkins's book crackles with rockstar level charisma, haunts you with the human truth at the heart of the story, and brings 70s California rock to life in such a real way you'll smell the patchouli and hear the rattle of the bangles on Daisy's slim wrist (I haven’t stopped blasting Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles since I finished the book). And it's not just Daisy and Billy that Jenkins brings to messy, intriguing life. Each member of the band, the manager, the girlfriend-they all spring off the page and feel realistic and lived in. One character, who could have ended up generic and heartless, ends up driving the story.
There is a dark and a dangerous fairy tale at the heart of "Daisy", but its a fairy tale that many women will be able to acknowledge they believe in. And the ending of the book is both beautiful and earned.
I highly, highly recommend to all of my customers, and can't wait for you all to read this book. Mostly so I can have more people to discuss it with!