Award-winner: 2012 Benjamin Franklin
Silver Award for Popular Fiction
Revival: A Folk Music Novel
We come of age more than once
by Scott Alarik
“A terrific, cathartic, hard-to-put-down read.”
—Mark Moss, editor, Sing Out! The Folk Music Magazine
“A joyous celebration of folk musicians and their world.”
“A gripping novel…it would be a very indifferent reader who doesn’t become emotionally involved with Nathan, Kit, and their friends.”
—Penguin Eggs: Canada’s Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine
“A wonderful window into the world of folk music, the dreams of an artist, and a reminder that what we want and what we need are rarely the same thing. A beautiful novel.”
—Performing Songwriter Magazine
There has never been a novel like this, a love story set in the subterranean world of modern folk music. Talented, charismatic songwriter Nathan Warren lost his chance at stardom years ago, and now sees his life as waste and ruin. Kit Palmer is young, beautiful, and explosively gifted, but her dreams are also doomed unless she can keep from falling apart on stage. They travel the Boston folk scene as lovers and artists, through basement clubs and funky jam sessions, rowdy open mikes and sprawling festivals, seeking stardom for one and redemption for the other.
About the Author
Scott Alarik covered folk music in the Boston Globe for over 20 years. Pete Seeger calls him “one of the best writers in America,” and the Library Journal called his first book, Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground, “an essential primer of the continuing folk revival.” Alarik is also a singer-songwriter who toured the national folk circuit and performed regularly on A Prairie Home Companion.