FICTION

This Bird Has Flown

Little, Brown Apr. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780316409315. $29. F
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DEBUT This first novel from a founding member of the pop-rock group the Bangles gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a struggling musician. It follows one-hit-wonder Jane Start, who had a pop hit over a decade ago when she was young and full of ambition. Now in her early 30s, Jane has been struggling to find her voice—and truly, herself—ever since. Not knowing where she is heading messes with Jane’s ability to see where she is and influences some of her life choices, such as wearing a pink wig and performing at Las Vegas bachelor parties or crashing at her parents’ house for a bit. Then her manager gets her on a plane to London for a possibly career-changing gig, where she meets Tom, an Oxford professor who ghosts her at first. Jane ends up moving in with him and gearing up for a comeback.
VERDICT The characters in Hoffs’s sexy, fun debut are relatable, and their struggles feel real. It shows readers that celebrities and musicians, regardless of fame and fortune, have relatable problems.
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