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    Cracking America (Paperback) By (author) Barbara Toner


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    DescriptionTwenty 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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    Cracking America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barbara Toner
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 357
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Weight: 367 g
    ISBN 13: 9780091786762
    ISBN 10: 0091786762

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    04 July 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "Barbara Toner writes with cruel wit and tremendous power."--"The Times
    Review text
    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)