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SHOUT DOWN THE MOON
Tucker made an impressive debut last year with her heart-tugging The Song Reader. This time around, she falls short with a tale about a woman who finally breaks free of an abusive relationship—just a little too late.
Tucker's writing style is smooth, and the tale, overall, is entertaining, even gripping near the novel's climax. Unfortunately, the author's attempt to write Patty as a woman who is finally becoming not simply independent and mature but feisty and courageous just falls flat. Patty is a passive heroine who simply reacts to her environment and never really finds the gumption that the most memorable heroines possess.
Patty Taylor is a poor single mom touring Midwestern dives and hole-in-the-wall bars as the lead vocalist of a second-rate band. The other band members (all men) see her as just a pretty face foisted on the group by their mutual manager. Patty silently suffers their constant criticism and ostracism
Unfortunately, Willie's father, Rick, a good-looking but good-for-nothing
(Apr., 320 pp., $13.00)
Reviewed By: Tara Gelsomino
Publisher: Downtown Press
Published: April 2004