Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: May 5, 2010
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307531163
ISBN - 13: 9780307531162
From the Publisher
There is a light and it never goes out . . . or is there?
Welcome to the big Reagan '80s, where ketchup is a vegetable and
the Cold War looms large and chilly. If like Joe Green you were
coming of age during this boom era, your main concerns include one
or more of the following: a rainbow assortment of Polo shirts worn
with the collar flipped up, K-Swiss tennis shoes, a new cable
channel called MTV, and Top 40 radio. Stuck in the suburban haze of
Long Island, New York, Joe Green knows there has got to be more to
However, salvation is on the way, in the form of a quiffed-up
quartet from Manchester, England, who take over the airways of a
local radio station. Hearing the Smiths for the first time jerks
Joe awake: Morrissey's wry and witty lyrics speak to him, and
Johnny Marr's driven guitar chords get under his skin. He destroys
his Phil Collins cassettes, pomades his hair into New Wave
submission, studies up on his Oscar Wilde, and falls in love. He
even shows up for dinner on time. That is, until his favorite band
breaks up and then breaks his heart.
Fast-forward some fifteen years. Joe Green is making a living as a
rock journalist, still recovering from a wicked post-college smack
addiction and slumming with youngsters who ironically "appreciate"
the seminal '80s music that once gave his life meaning. It's too
late to go home, or is it?
What if Joe Green can get the Smiths back together? What if
reuniting the long-broken-up band can reverse the passage of time
and bring back the magic of youth? What if it helps him win the
heart of the woman he loves?
How Soon Is Never? is an acerbic, ingenious look
at Reagan-era adolescence, the power of hearing a record that
changes your life, and the dangers of nostalgia.
Be prepared to see a bit of yourself in Joe Green.
From the Trade Paperback edition.