Review: Breaking Fellini

Posted on November 7, 2011


Breaking Fellini
By M.E. Purfield
Trash Books/Smashwords
October 2011
Kindle edition:  $4.99

Joni Corso is only 16, but already she is a rock guitarist in a popular local band in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Perhaps it’s her age or the pressure of her enormous talent, but Joni is jaded by the band’s success. Also on her mind, her estranged dad owns a night club in the middle of Manhattan’s underground music scene. The year is 1977. The siren’s call of New York City beckons her. Joni finagles the move and while she expects to be immersed in the heady music scene, there is also the reality of the times. When faced with drugs, drag queens, unemployment, and homelessness, Joni feels like a country bumpkin. And all is not what it seems with her dad. There are pills, lies, financial woes, and irrational expectations. Sometimes it seems like Joni is the parent. In pursuit of her own dream, Joni joins an unconventional No Wave band. But has she traded her independence to fulfill someone else’s dream? Not to mention her rock rebellion threatens to estrange her from her strange dad.

I think the bonus chapters at the end of the book deepen the reader’s understanding of both Joni and her dad and should have been incorporated into the story. However M.E. Purfield has a definite unconventional style and I applaud any writer with style. Purfield’s work is made for reluctant readers because it contains a refreshing honesty not weighed down by heavy prose. Breaking Fellini takes readers on a magical mystery tour back to the 1970s rock/celebrity scene. Purfield’s attention to details gives this story authenticity and a glimpse into how the music world changed during the last big recession.   Copyright (c) 2011 by Peggy Tibbetts

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