"What a thrill it is to read Sarah Priscus’ 70s rock, California-dreaming Groupies. This shimmering debut is packed with tenderness and awe against a backdrop of drugs, sex, rock stars, and high drama. Faun is a lovable, believable, and wonderfully drawn character who will remain in my heart and mind for a very, very long time." — Jessica Anya Blau, author of Mary Jane
In a debut perfect for fans of Daisy Jones & The Six, Mary Jane, and The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, Sarah Priscus shines a bright light on the grungy yet glittery world of 1970s rock 'n' roll and the women – the groupies – who unapologetically love too much in a world that doesn’t love them back.
It’s 1977, and Faun Novak is in love with rock ‘n’ roll.
After her mother’s death, Faun, a naïve college dropout, grabs her Polaroid and hops a Greyhound to Los Angeles. In the City of Angels, she reconnects with her charismatic childhood friend Josie, now an up-and-coming model and muse. To make their reunion even sweeter, Josie is now dating Cal Holiday, the frontman of the superstar rock band Holiday Sun, and Faun is positively mesmerized.
Except it’s not just the band she can’t get enough of. It’s also the proud groupies who support them in myriad ways. Among the groupies are: a doting high school girl at war with her mother; a drug-dealing wife and new mom who longs to be a star herself; and a cynical mover-and-shaker with a soft spot for Holiday Sun’s bassist.
Faun obsessively photographs every aspect of this dazzling new world, struggling to balance her artistic ambitions with the band’s expectations. As her confidence grows for the first time in her life, her priorities shift. She becomes reckless with friendship, romance, her ethics, and her bank account.
But just as everything is going great and her boring, old life is falling away, Faun realizes just how blind she has been to the darkest corners of this glamorous musical dreamland as the summer heats up and everything spirals out of control . . .
Equal parts an evocative coming-of-age and a cutting look at fame, desire, and the media, Groupies is a novel that will have you turning the pages until the music- and drug-fueled end.
A young woman grows up fast as a rock band groupie Priscus's resonant debut. With $400 and her "truest friend," a Polaroid Instamatic, Faun Novak arrives in Los Angeles in 1977 to reunite with her best friend, Josie, a year after they graduated high school. Young, impressionable, exuberant, but with less street smarts than Josie, Faun launches herself headlong into documenting the groupies and stars of a band called Holiday Sun. Josie, who is dating front man Cal Holiday, is her ticket backstage. But before Faun's dreams of a glamorous life can crystallize, she endures Cal's volatile moods and learns of his violent history, and then catastrophe strikes. As Faun tries cocaine, hooks up with a bassist, and considers how far she'll go to support Josie, she begins yearning for a more grounded life, realizing that "roots are hard to plant in concrete." Through a succession of vivid scenery and authentically groovy characters, Priscus plants her finger on the fluttering pulse of the 1970s rock scene. This spirited dive into the past will delight rock fans young and old.
Couldn’t put it down… Amazing!!
This book transported me back to the time of old rock and roll life style. Th ease of each transition and page was amazing. I felt like I was within the pages living the life the author so greatly illustrates. I highly recommend it!