• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 28, 2016)
A witty and winning new voice comes alive in this infectious road-trip adventure with a rock-and-roll twist. Shapiro’s debut blends the emotional nuance of Elena Ferrante with the potent nostalgia of High Fidelity, in a story of two women—one rich and alluring, the other just another planet in her dazzling orbit—and their fervid and troubled friendship.
From the distance of a few yards, there might be nothing distinctive about Lee Parrish, nothing you could put your finger on, and yet, if she were to walk into a room, you would notice her. And if you were with her, I’d always thought, you could walk into any room.
For quiet, cautious, and restless college freshman Vivian Feld, real life begins the day she moves in with the enigmatic Lee Parrish—daughter of died-too-young troubadour Jesse Parrish and model-turned-fashion designer Linda West—and her audiophile roommate Andy Elliott.
When a one-night stand fractures Lee and Andy’s intimate rapport, Lee turns to Viv, inviting her into her glamorous fly-by-night world: an intoxicating mix of Hollywood directors, ambitious artists, and first-class everything. It is the beginning of a friendship that will inexorably shape both women as they embark on the rocky road to adulthood.
More than a decade later, Viv is married to Andy and hasn’t heard from Lee in three years. Suddenly Lee reappears, begging for a favor: she wants Viv to help her find the lost album Jesse was recording before his death. Holding on to a life-altering secret and ambivalent about her path, Viv allows herself to be pulled into Lee’s world once again. But the chance to rekindle the magic and mystery of their youth might come with a painful lesson: while the sun dazzles us with its warmth and brilliance, it may also blind us from seeing what we really need.
What begins as a familiar story of two girls falling under each other’s spell evolves into an evocative, and at times irrepressibly funny, study of female friendship in all its glorious intensity and heartbreaking complexity.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro. Thank you to to the author, TLC Book Tours and the Publisher for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.
This is an adult fiction book about two women, Lee and Viv, that were best friends in college but have since fallen out of touch. When Lee decides to embark on a road trip to search for her musician father’s lost recordings and to learn more about him and ultimately herself, she gets back in touch with Viv who decides to road trip with her in spite of her rocky marriage.
I always love a good book that explores the different aspects of friendship, especially between females. I have only read a few but I definitely see that a popular trope with these types of stories is the “bad girl” friend and the “good girl” friend. I must say that I am a fan of that dynamic and was curious to see how that worked in an adult setting, rather than a teen setting. I did find the exploration of friendship, past and present to be rather interesting.
I wasn’t too big a fan of Viv but I did love Lee as a character and I was really happy to see that we got to experience her point of view. Although I did think it interesting to see the way that Viv saw Lee when we read the sections that were in her perspective. I did like the alternating perspectives and the shifts between past and present and the inclusion of things like interviews with Lee’s father.
This was my first “road trip” book and I’ll need to read a few more because I’m not sure whether it is my thing. I am giving this book a 3.5 star rating. It wasn’t quite a four for me but I did like it. I thought it was really well written but it took me awhile to actually get into the book and it was a slower paced read for me.
If you are a fan of books centered around road trips or female friendships, this book may be one that you will enjoy! If you have read this, please let me know your thoughts!
About Deborah Shapiro
Deborah Shapiro was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University, she spent several years in New York working at magazines, including New York and ELLE, and her work has been published in Open City, Washington Square Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago. The Sun in Your Eyes is her first novel.
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