The Final Revival of Opal & Nev imagines the reunion show of famed, but aged, couple of rock stars whose partnership was short, but explosive. SarahLena, newly appointed editor of Aural magazine is going to do a feature on their reunion. She has a greater stake than most as her father Curtis was murdered at the Opal & Nev concert that turned into a riot and amplified their career. Opal was having an affair with him and after his death, she paid for SarahLena’s education.
The book’s conceit is that it is her book about the singing duo’s reunion concert and tour. She narrates short explanatory notes between direct interview quotes with the principals and their friends and colleagues. In the course of her interviews, she interviews the man accused of murdering Curtis and learns something that casts the tragedy in an entirely different light.
I think Dawnie Walton had a good story but made several style decisions that interfered with the story of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. Think about the last biography you read. Was it a series of verbatim selections from various interviews? No, it was a narrative supported by quotes from interviews. Most interviews are completely paraphrased and not quoted. This affectation annoyed me no end. It is a quality of the story itself that kept me reading despite such a completely intrusive and clunky way of presenting the story.
I hope Dawnie Walton writes more books. I hope she never writes it in interview format again.
I received an e-galley of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev from the publisher through NetGalley