satisfaction by Andee Reilly. Tempe: SparkPress, 2015. 298 pages. ****
A Rolling Stones groupie, twenty-two year-old Ginny Martin, leaves her cheating husband behind and takes to the road to follow her favorite band. Concert tickets weren't cheap, but it serves him right for having an affair with the manicurist at the salon where she works (make that...worked). Freedom at last from her mother and her controlling husband, his girlfriend can have him. Along her travels, Ginny meets Bree, a waitress in a diner, a free spirit who hasn't let a child and responsibility tie her down. The two form an immediate bond and decide to travel the concert circuit together. Rekindling a former romance forces Bree to face her past. A new romance reinforces Ginny's quest to be her own person and leave her limiting behavior behind her.
Entertaining, fun, fast-paced with many Rolling Stones references, this debut novel will pull you in and keep you there until the very end. Having grown up in the 60s, I wasn't sure what I would think after reading the description, however, it was a poignant, humorous, fun read. "Catch your dreams before they slip away" Jagger/Richards, accurately describes the theme of this story. The story is more about self-actualization and friendship than the music.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from SparkPress to review.
Andee Reilly was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and teaches literature and wiring at California State University Channel Islands.