A Different Slant of Light
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A Different Slant of Light
Former almost-rock-star Brian "Brick" Smith thought his punk-rock days were behind him. He was wrong.
Before he became a mild-mannered English teacher, Brian was the songwriter and bass player for a one-hit-wonder punk band: Call Field. Two decades ago, Brian and his bandmates were on a stratospheric ascent through the music industry... until Call Field unexpectedly crash-landed and broke up.
Since then, Brian has been living a quiet white-collar life, teaching at a suburban California high school, and desperately trying to put his past behind him. Despite Brian's best attempts at anonymity, one of his star students, the precocious Veronica Jones, has stumbled upon his not-so-secret identity. After convincing Brian to relay the story of how he wrote his band's only hit song, Veronica is left with many, many unanswered questions. Why did the band break up? What happened to Call Field's other members? Why is Brian so reluctant to revisit his past? Veronica wants answers. All the answers.
Brian doesn't know it yet, but his incomplete music career isn't over. The tenacious Veronica Jones has a plan - and it's one that will bring together all the shattered pieces of Brian's jigsaw-puzzle life. Of course, with Veronica taking charge, almost anything can happen... including retired almost-rock-stars rising from the ashes and facing the music of their painful punk-rock past.
A Different Slant of Light, the sequel to Incomplete, concludes the story of Brian Smith and Call Field.
Tackling issues of love, loss, faith, family, mental health, and rock & roll, this timely novel serves as a poignant reminder that every person can rise again from the ashes... even those who seem anchored by the weight of the past.
"A punk rock novel about break ups, aging, and healing, bursting with energy and vivid detail. Great for fans of: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & the Six, Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments." - Booklife/Publishers Weekly
"This dramatic tale of life in and outside the music industry hits all the right notes." - Kirkus Reviews
What Reviewers Say About A Different Slant of Light:
- Kirkus Reviews calls A Different Slant of Light "enthralling" and states, "This dramatic tale of life in and outside the music industry hits all the right notes."
- Booklife/Publishers Weekly describes A Different Slant of Light as "A punk rock novel about break ups, aging, and healing, bursting with energy and vivid detail." They also say, "Levin again demonstrates a sure hand writing about music, inspiration, prickly band relationships, and the complexities of aging, all of which he renders in vivid, persuasive detail and prose as direct as good pop punk lyrics." (Grade: A)
- The San Francisco Book Reviews says, "Like the first volume, this work warmly garners five stars for its vivid portrayal of the music industry and brutally honest depiction of depression, social anxiety, and other related mental health issues. This work is raw and forthright in a manner that juvenile and mature readers alike will greatly appreciate. Levin does not disappoint! A Different Slant of Light will enrapture readers and leave them begging for more." (Grade: 5/5 Stars)