The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories

The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories

The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories

Fiction. Short stories and short-short stories about traveling rock musicians that focus on the unseen, less than glamorous side of touring as a struggling rock band—the personal tolls, the grueling poverty, the gnawing hunger for fame, and the small and unlikely moments of redemption. These characters are slowly realizing that their dreams are slipping away, that age and hard living have worn them down, that their funky, rootless, rock & roll lives have not taken on the grandeur they'd envisioned.

From Publishers Weekly
Marquart sang with heavy metal bands in the '70s, and her 21 short stories testify to the haggard after-effects of the rock 'n' roll life. In "Three Mile Limit," Nina, the narrator, is coping with her repressed sexual feelings for her guitarist, TroyDwho, much to her chagrin, has just married a very middle-class girl. When Nina analyzes her own profile, it captures the divided nature of her character and of Marquart's collection overall: "On the left, my nose turned up in a slight pug... making me look like everybody's cute kid sister. But on the right side, my nose ran straighter.... It made me look aloof, like...

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