Review: "Thank You, Good Night" novel explores delayed rock ’n’ roll dreams _lowres

 

“Thank You, Goodnight: A Novel” by Andy Abramowitz, Touchstone, 352 pages, $18, hardcover

New novelists are introduced every day. Some even have a lot of talent. Talent isn’t enough. The question is: Can they keep us reading from cover to cover? Can they deliver? Andy Abramowitz recently took the challenge.

Making his debut as a novelist, Abramowitz, a lawyer with a past in music, introduces his “Thank You, Goodnight” to a crowded market of new novels.

The book reveals the life of Teddy Tremble, an almost 40-year-old lawyer who at one time was a rock star with a band that was a one-hit wonder.

Because of his inflated ego, Tremble makes poor decisions for his band, and the members — Jumbo, Warren and Mackenzie — move on with their lives. No one is thinking about a life as a rock star anymore.

Then, 15 years later, Warren calls Tremble and tells him that he has to go to London to see his legacy at an art exhibit. Tremble is thunderstruck by the call and mystified by the message.

Abramowitz uses a popular plotline in his novel: A person who previously failed at a major goal and decides to try it again. Most American readers love triumph stories.

Although the story as a unit is good, there were some parts that dragged. I surmise it occurs because of the way the writer arranged the material in his novel. For the most part, Abramowitz’s book is funny, realistic and unpredictable.

I give Abramowitz’s novel a thumbs-up.

Anyone who can fathom the struggles that one goes through to change careers should find this book to be simply delightful. Anyone who had previously given up a dream and later fought to achieve it c ould find this book to be essential.