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We’re counting down the final days of 2013 with sneak peeks at early reviews of Wesley Stace’s WONDERKID, coming next March from Overlook.

We were speechless when Wes told us that he’d somehow gotten a copy of the WONDERKID galley to R.E.M. co-founder Peter Buck. And then when this quote came in from the guitar god himself, we were somehow even more speechless.

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“Rock ’n’ roll is an infantile business, but never more so than in the hands of the Wonderkids, a group of post-teens, playing music for pre-teens, whilst living chaotic adult lives. In Wonderkid, Wesley Stace absolutely captures the band experience: the triumphs, the letdowns, the sell-outs, the success, and the scandal, with an extra helping of absurdity. There were times reading this book that I could actually smell the dank dressing rooms, or feel the bus rolling down the highway to the next gig.” —Peter Buck

We’re counting down the final days of 2013 with sneak peeks at early reviews of Wesley Stace’s WONDERKID, coming next March from Overlook.

Today’s installment of #WONDERpraise comes from novelist Peter Carey, who despite winning the Booker Prize twice, still knows a thing or two about rocking and rolling. Check out his story “A Million Dollars’ Worth of Amphetamines” if you don’t believe us.

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“Highly pleasurable. And unusual, not least because this is a rock and roll novel written by someone who actually knows what he’s talking about.” —Peter Carey, author of Parrot and Olivier in America

We’re counting down the final days of 2013 with sneak peeks at early reviews of Wesley Stace’s WONDERKID, coming next March from Overlook.

On Tuesday Kindie Rock superstar Dan Zanes passed along some major praise for the “best music novel” he’s ever read, and today another musician who knows more than her fair share about life in “the biz” chimes in with another fantastic endorsement for WONDERKID.

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“Wesley Stace has written one of the very few novels about rock bands and the music business that doesn’t have a single false note or outsider-wannabe pretensions. It’s a relief—and a joy—to read about the weird particularities of the lives of musicians by someone who knows the world so intimately. He deconstructs, with an elegant and sharp eye, the heightened sense of the unreality of fame, the relentless grind of touring, and the Ego and the Id made deliciously manifest in the Wonderkids (my favorite new band). He is both ruthless and compassionate, but never cynical. I thought about these characters even when I wasn’t reading the book, and the story will stay with me for a very long time. Wonderkid has both enormous entertainment value and serious literary worth, a very hard trick to pull off. —Rosanne Cash

We’re counting down the final days of 2013 with sneak peeks at early reviews of Wesley Stace’s WONDERKID, coming next March from Overlook.

Yesterday, Gary Shteyngart called WONDERKID a “sex drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll book for Dan Zanes fans.” But what does the man himself—Dan Zanes—think of the book?

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"I can’t believe that this amazing book exists. Wonderkid is by far the best music novel I’ve ever read, and the most unexpectedly wild ride I’ve ever been on. Every detail is perfect. Do you want to read about the music business? Family dynamics? Children’s entertainment? The often uneasy relationship between the US and the UK? The creative process? This book lays it all out with love and wild imagination. Wonderkid is uplifting, inspiring, unhinged, and unpredictable, just like rock ‘n’ roll itself." —Dan Zanes

Happy Holidays, one and all! 2014 is going to be a big year for Overlook and we’re particularly excited to be publishing Wesley Stace’s new novel, WONDERKID next March.

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We’re not the only ones who are looking forward to the latest from the acclaimed singer-songwriter, formerly known as John Wesley Harding. Over the next week and a half we’ll be counting down the final days of 2013 by sharing sneak peeks at early reviews from some of our favorite authors and musicians who have had a chance to read an advance copy.

We couldn’t be more excited for Gary “Little Failure” Shteyngart’s forthcoming memoir to publish next month. In the meantime, the man behind our favorite book trailer of 2013 has some high praise for WONDERKID.

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“Finally, a sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll book for Dan Zanes fans! Wonderkid also happens to be one of the best books about fathers and sons since Turgenev.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

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