Cracking America

Cracking America

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By (author) Barbara Toner

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Twenty year old country singer, Honey, is addicted to trouble and attracted to dangerous men. She sings of love and loss like a girl from Tennessee, although she lives in Cockfosters at the end of the Piccadilly line. She dreams of Nashville and of a man who is decent and true. Her best friend says dreaming will be the death of her.

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  • Paperback | 357 pages
  • 04 Jul 2002
  • Cornerstone
  • Hutchinson
  • London
  • 0091786762
  • 9780091786762

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"Barbara Toner writes with cruel wit and tremendous power."--"The Times

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The unusual death of a musician acts as an arresting opening - in more ways than one - for this story, which centres on Honey, a young country and western singer on the cusp of fame and fortune, who sees her life in terms of song titles. Her manager and closest friend, Stella Maria, is the alleged murderer and Honey's the alleged accessory, and there's confusion over the soundness of their alibi, so the pair are whisked off to 'the care of' Betty Beecher somewhere in the middle of Tennessee, to get their stories right for the upcoming trial. The novel offers promise - there's plenty of humour and some interesting reflections on how friendship can suffer as the result of celebrity - but more often than not it resembles the maudlin country and western songs that crop up with alarming regularity within its pages. The sheer number of references to these songs and the artists who perform them grates after a while, and unless you're a fan of the genre you may find it all rather nauseating. (Kirkus UK)

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