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Songs In Ursa Major

I’m absolutely in love with the sub-genre of music fiction that has been trending this year. Bonus if it’s historical in the 60s & 70s. Author Emma Brodie reports the real life affair of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor was inspiration for this novel. She even thanks Mandy Moore in the acknowledgments for her 2004 album, Coverage, for introducing her to Joni Mitchell. If you watch the tv show “This Is Us” all I could think about was young Rebecca covering Joni Mitchell. In fact, before I read the acknowledgments that’s who I pictured in my head as Janie Q . . .

📚 Book Review 📚

Title: Songs in Ursa Major

Author: Emma Brodie

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Fiction

Songs in Ursa Major is musical, historical, literary, romantic, poetic, and full of drama. It’s so many things in one which I found to be both good and bad. I liked all of these elements, but I also at times found the book to lose a little bit of its focus and identity with so many different things going on.

Picture this: It’s 1969 and the lead act, Jesse, at the Bayleen Island Folk Fest gets into a car accident. In steps backup local band Jane Quinn and The Breakers! They nail it!

Jesse ends up sticking around on the island to recover and him and Jane become friends. When his label picks The Breakers up he coaches her through her first album. Then invites her on tour.

Next comes giant stadiums, late nights, parties and media attention. So many distractions that when secrets come out both Jane and Jesse are blindsided.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Solid 4 star debut. I really enjoyed this one. Like I said before maybe a few too many things going on in the middle but overall I can without a doubt recommend this one. It lives up to the hype!

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