Greatest Hits


By Laura Barnett

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The creation of a greatest hits album gives a musician the chance to reflect on her storied life as a daughter, mother, singer, and lover.
The beloved singer-songwriter Cass Wheeler has abandoned retirement for one last chapter in her musical career. She assembles an album of greatest hits—the songs that mean the most to her, songs that she wrote during the brightest and darkest times in her life.
Each chapter springs from one of these songs. Told in tandem with the lyrics, this irresistible novel moves skillfully across episodes of a fascinating and sometimes tragic life—from Cass's lonely childhood, through her freewheeling rise to fame, to first love and loss.
Laura Barnett's clear-eyed writing vividly depicts the British and US music scene of the '70s, with its mistakes and magic, and the lives that pass through it. By the time Cass has selected the final song, she is confronted with one last choice: whether she can find the strength within herself to open her heart once more.
Greatest Hits is an enchanting novel that will capture and delight anyone who has discovered the rewards of music, or who has found strength and meaning in art.
Perfect for fans of Daisy Jones & the Six
Praise for Greatest Hits
"This engaging, emotionally charged novel about music, motherhood and mental illness deserves to be a hit." —The Observer (UK)
"There is nothing here that hasn't been covered in the more candid memoirs and autobiographies of stars from the 1960s and 1970s. But Barnett's portrait is unusually perceptive, a mixture of evocative detail and sharp reportage that feels fresh to read. To her credit, too, she scrapes away the gloss to draw out a nuanced and honest account of the loneliness that plagues her singer. . . . Barnett pulls off the novel and its collaboration with pizzazz, turning it into a feat, not a gimmick." —The Times (UK)
"Unusually perceptive, a mixture of evocative detail and sharp reportage that feels fresh to read." —The Sunday Times (UK)

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