*The must-read book of the summer*
‘Utterly transporting’ Stylist
‘A gorgeous, one-gulp novel’ Red
‘Emma Brodie perfectly channels the languorous romance of the time . . . I got chills’ Kevin Kwan, No.1 bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians
Behind every greatest hit, is an even greater love story.
THE SUMMER OF 1969
From the moment Jane Quinn steps barefoot onto the main stage at Island Folk festival, her golden hair glinting, her voice soaring into the summer dusk, a star is born – and so is a passionate love story.
Jane’s band hits the road with none other than Jesse Reid, the musician whose bright blue eyes are setting hearts alight everywhere. And as the summer streaks by in a haze of crowds, wild nights and magenta sunsets, Jane is pulled into the orbit of Jesse’s star.
But Jesse’s rise could mean Jane’s fall. And when she discovers a dark secret beneath his music, she picks up her guitar and writes her heartache into the album that could make or break her: Songs in Ursa Major.
Set against the heady haze of the 70s and alive with music, sex and sun-soaked hedonism, SONGS IN URSA MAJOR is an unforgettable debut and the soundtrack to a love story like no other.
‘Emma Brodie perfectly channels the languorous romance of the time and the beautiful struggle of an artistic soul trying to break free . . . I got chills’ Kevin Kwan, #1 bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians
‘Utterly transporting, it’ll inspire a folk-tinged soundtrack for the summer’ Stylist
‘A gorgeous, one-gulp novel about two star-crossed singers that’s full of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll . . . And if you enjoyed Daisy Jones And The Six, this will be a big hit with you too’ RED
‘This alluring debut has an Almost Famous vibe” People, Book of the Week
‘Sexy, atmospheric, and entertaining — this novel is pure joy on the page’ Christina Baker Kline, #1 bestselling author of Orphan Train
‘Oh, I loved this! The atmosphere. The drama. Jane Quinn has singing in her blood and we follow her rollercoaster music career alongside a love story that you will keep rooting for . . . This has such a cinematic feel; I hope it is snapped up for a film or boxset’ Nina Pottell, PRIMA, June Book of the Month
‘Moving from New York to Los Angeles to Greece to the Grammys… Brodie's debut is a furious page turner, meditating on the glittering beast of fame’ Booklist
‘In the vein of Daisy Jones and the Six and The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, Songs In Ursa Major is an intoxicating chronicle of the music industry, inspired largely by the love affair between artists Joni Mitchell and James Taylor’ Elle
‘This book brings the reader behind the scenes of recording studios and offers a love letter to the ‘70s music industry, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a brilliant examination of creativity, sacrifice and what we do for art’ Katherine Heiny, author of Early Morning Riser
‘Splashy, engrossing reading. Songs in Ursa Major is pure sun-soaked summer fun’ Kate Quinn, bestselling author of The Alice Network
Brodie's breezy debut draws on the American soft rock music scene of the 1960s and '70s to mixed results. In the summer of 1969, "heir apparent of folk rock" Jesse Reid is supposed to perform at a famous festival on an island off the coast of Massachusetts that bears more than a passing resemblance to Martha's Vineyard. When Jesse is suddenly sidelined by a motorcycle accident, local band The Breakers, led by 19-year-old Jane Quinn, takes his place, to resounding success. Soon, Jesse's manager offers to make Jane a star, and Jane visits gorgeous, tormented Jesse at his parents' island mansion, where he is recovering from his injuries. After Jane and her band get a record contract and start touring with Jesse, Jane and Jesse become romantically involved, and she becomes aware of his increasing dependence on drugs. Brodie's narrative is at its best when focused on the mechanics and politics of music production, which emerge from the perspectives of the band's manager and sound engineer. Brodie also has a clear grasp of the hurdles faced by Jane as a female musician, but the romantic and erotic aspects of the novel are less convincing ("his hands gripping her hips like handles on a plow"). In the end, this riff on A Star Is Born doesn't transcend its well-worn origins.