I used to spend a lot of time back in the day devouring Rolling Stone magazines and Behind the Music/Unsung style documentaries of musicians and their journeys to “success”. The Final Revival of Opal and Nev is a novel that puts me in mind of those.
Opal, an African American woman from Detroit and Nev, a white British man are an unlikely rock duo who enjoyed short-lived success and cult following until a tragedy derailed their group. Their story is being told in a series of interviews by the editor of a music magazine in preparation of a rumored comeback by the two. The editor is invested in the story in more ways than one.
The interview format that Dawnie Walton used is brilliant in that it gives each character a very specific voice in a way that you wouldn’t get otherwise. Also, there’s so much insight into the music industry’s treatment of Black women and the challenges of navigating it.
I especially enjoy fiction that reads like non-fiction (and vice versa) and that made The Final Revival of Opal and Nev a wonderful read for me and hard to put down.
Favorite Line: (After being repeatedly asked by a white writer about her security while out on tour.)
I got a better question for you. Why are you so deeply invested in proving I’m scared? Does a Black person showing they’re scared make you feel safer? I suggest you sit back and interrogate that.
Goodreads Rating: 5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.