Twenty years ago, Hugo and Ash were on top of the world. As the acclaimed rock band Ashbirds they were poised for superstardom. Then Ash went missing in a mountaineering accident, and the lives of Hugo and everyone around him were changed forever. Now, where the irrepressible, infuriating, mesmerizing Ash had been was a hole they could never hope to fill.
Two decades on, Ash’s fiancée Elza is still struggling to move on, her private grief outshone by the glare of publicity. The loss of such a rock icon is a worldwide tragedy. Hugo is now a recluse in Nepal, shunning his old life. Robert, an ambitious session player, feels himself both blessed and cursed by his brief time with Ashbirds, unable to achieve recognition in his own right.
While the Ashbirds legend burns brighter than ever, Elza, Hugo and Robert are as stranded as if they were the ones lost in the ice. How far must they go to come back to life?
A lyrical, page-turning novel in the tradition of Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, Ever Rest asks how we carry on after catastrophic loss. It will also strike a chord with fans of Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones for its people bonded by an unforgettable time; fans of Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, for music as a primal and romantic force; and Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air for the deadly and irresistible wildernesses that surround our comfortable world.
I absolutely loved this book ad it’s already on my recommmended reads list for 2021 and that’s no mean feat, as 2021 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for books. Ever Rest s a quirky and emotional read and if you’ve not got your Summer TBR scheduled already, you should definitely make a space for this thought provoking, touching and unforgettable novel
The fact that this book is so wonderfully structured with such clever juxtapositions and thought provoking contrasts means that it is hard to write a review without any spoilers. I really want you to have the same amazing reading experience that I had – so I am committed to not giving anything away that will have an impact on that. Suffice to say that I adored this book – Roz Morris’ writing allows you to fully immerse yourself in The Ashbirds’ world and experience the highs and lows right there alongside Hugo & Ash. It’s one of those books that you find yourself thinking about whenever you’re not reading it and imagining what the characters are doing, just as if they are real people that you know…
I really lost myself in the story of these characters whose lives, loves and losses were so well described that I felt that they were real people that I knew after I’d finished reading this story. I felt like I could really transport myself into their world and imagine the impact of these experiences myself. The book deals so sensitively with the impact of loss and lost opportunities, connections and separations that I could not put it down. I really feel that this is one of the main misconceptions about books that deal with ‘big’ subjects – that they have to be deadly serious throughout. This is a writer who is not afaid to tackle difficult subjects with compassion, sensitivity and a open mind – but isn’t averse to making you smile at some of the on point moments that are experienced in this novel. It really is unique in that way and I feel the blend of joy and pain really helps the readers to gain a much better understanding about the way some of these issues affect the lives of thousands of people off the page too
I feel that books about loss are perhaps one of the most underrepresented in modern literature and this story goes a long way towards dispelling some of the misconceptions and allows us to see that this situation might be a lot more complex than the stereotypical idea about what fame and its impact actually are- I loved the way that tings aren’t just neatly tied up and this book attempts to show human emotions in all their messy and unconfined realities…
Roz Morris has created characters we can really connect with, experiencing emotional dilemmas that have us rooting for them. Elza Hugo and Robert himself are such fabulous creations and we definitely feel their pain and loss as we see the full gamut of emotions that such experiences brings with them. I read this book in a single weekend and I’m so glad that I actually got the time to unwind and lose myself in this emotionally rewarding and thought-provoking read. It is a moving and emotional story and I’d love to see it on the slver screen I am so grateful to Roz for getting in touch, it’s been an absolute pleasure and I can’t stop recommending this book to EVERYONE.
Buy yourself a copy right now and experience this moving and unforgettable read for yourself. And you don’t just have to take my word for it – look at all the praise this wonderful read has attracted already
‘Beautifully written story of loss, grief, fame and acceptance in a unique setting.’ Charlotte Walker, LoveReadingUK ambassador
‘So real and heart-wrenching, I expected to see stories on the news about the characters.’ Amie McCracken, author, Leaning Into The Abyss
‘A critique of press intrusion, tinsel gods and exploitation… wonderfully emotive, with style and substance.’ Andy Fletcher
‘I was blown away… and transfixed.’ David Bodanis, NYT bestselling author, The Secret House
‘Remarkable… suspenseful… complex and very human.’ Garry Craig Powell, author, Stoning The Devil
‘A wonderful tension akin to Daphne du Maurier. You sink in and emerge in a state of wonder.’ Martha Engber, author, Winter Light
‘Human, fascinating, raw, real… 5 stars from start to finish.’ Brigita Orel, award winning author, The Pirate Tree
‘The chill of the mountain, the throb of rock music… totally engrossing. Masterful.’ Steve Zettler, author, Careless Love
‘A perfectly crafted novel of music, mountaineering and mourning – gripping, authentic, recommended.’ Squeak2017
Writer On The Shelf
Roz Morris’s novels have been finalists in the People’s Book Prize and the World Fantasy Award. She has sold 4 million books as a ghostwriter, mentored award-winning authors, teaches masterclasses for The Guardian and for Jane Friedman, and is the author of Nail Your Novel.
Her novels are My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. Ever Rest is her third novel. She also has a memoir, Not Quite Lost: Travels Without a Sense of Direction (‘Delightful, amusing, entertaining and very moving’ Rain Taxi)
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Roz Morris writes fiction and essays about unusual ways we can be haunted and how we seek people and places we belong with. Her work has been profiled by The Guardian, Literature Works, the Potomac Review, Rain Taxi and BBC Radio. Her novel Lifeform Three was longlisted for the World Fantasy Award.
Her fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won’t have seen her name on the covers – she began her career in secret, ghostwriting fiction for big-name authors.
Her own novels have been described as ‘profound tales and compelling page-turners’, with fine-honed language, unforgettable characters, and gripping, unusual storylines. Plaudits include a top-ranked title in the American Library Journal programme, a longlisting for an international award alongside Neil Gaiman and a finalist position in the People’s Book Prize 2017.
She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London and is also the author of a series for writers – Nail Your Novel.
If you want to get to know her a little better, drop in at http://www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and her blog http://www.nailyournovel.com – where she keeps a regular diary of challenges she’s tackling in her writing.