The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (Hardback)
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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages
Published: 20/04/2021
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Waterstones Says

Presented as an oral history of a cult band, Walton’s sharp and lyrical novel about a Black female punk rock singer in early 1970s New York is a triumphant portrait of an era and speaking truth to power.

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

A queen of punk before her time. A duo on the brink of stardom. A night that will define their story for ever.

Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, a Black punk artist before her time. Despite her unconventional looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her one night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together.

In early seventies New York City, just as she's finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal's bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially Black women, who dare to speak their truth.

Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo's most politicized chapter, but as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens everything.

Provocative and haunting, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev introduces a bold new name in contemporary fiction and a heroine the likes of which we've not seen in storytelling.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529414493
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Lovely and lyrical; a warm and wonderful intersection between journalism and fiction. This is a novel you'll want to read out loud. It's made for readers and music lovers who find themselves wishing that Behind The Music was still on the air' - Kiley Reid 

'Dawnie Walton's The Final Revival Of Opal & Nev is one of the most immersive novels I've ever read. This is largely because of Walton's skill at letting so many people talk in so many different ways. Voices are marshalled from across America, and then across the Atlantic, and blended seamlessly into a tale about black culture, black women, American capitalism. This is a thrilling work of polyphony - a first novel, that reads like the work of an old hand' - Ta-Nehisi Coates 

'The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is as musical and revolutionary in tone and structure as it is in content. It delves into the complexities of the creative life, specifically as it pertains to Black women, and instead of shying away or egg-shelling, it does what every good book does: tells the truth. A truth that bangs. That shrieks. A siren song to shatter what we've known of the novel. Things won't ever be the same after this. And I'm so happy Dawnie Walton has arrived' - Jason Reynolds

'Fantastic. I so desperately wanted Opal Jewel to have existed; I wanted to have experienced her music first-hand. What I love most of all about this book, though, is the way Walton quite literally inserts a strong, bold Black rock musician into a history that's often discouraged us from shining, or from even entering at all. Magical' - Zakiya Dalila Harris

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“An excellent story that I strongly recommend”

Plenty of people are comparing this book to "Daisy Jones & The Six" (a book I loved) but I think that this format reminds me of "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" that I find... More

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“Fantastic, thought-provoking & entertaining”

Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was fantastic, I really enjoyed reading every bit of it.

This book had come up on a lot of lists of 'ones to look... More

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“Thought provoking”

This is an oral history account about Opal Jewel and Nev Charles, an Afro-punk rock n’roll duo who find fame and notoriety in the 1970’s after a tragic incident at a concert in 1973. The band splits but a reunion... More

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