Pride goeth before a fall, and in Teddy Tremble’s case his fall was witnessed by millions. The former leader of a famous rock band, he now is merely a working stiff, bored with his life and consumed with remorse for his part in their demise. He hatches an improbable plan to reconnect with his band mates and make a new album. Can he keep his ego in check long enough to make a comeback? Can he make amends for the damage he did to his friends’ careers? This funny and thoughtful story of middle-age regret will keep you turning pages until the satisfying end.
- Cindy— From Cindy's Recs
June 2015 Indie Next List
“Teddy Tremble is the former lead singer of Tremble, a one-hit wonder band from the '90s. Now pushing 40 and working as a lawyer for a respectable firm, Teddy receives a phone call from an old friend who tells him to fly to London and see his 'legacy hanging on a wall at the Tate.' Teddy finds himself part of a photography exhibit entitled 'Faded Glory: Where Do They Go When They Have Nowhere to Go?' Enraged, Teddy travels to Switzerland to seek out and confront the artist, only to discover that he has a large contingent of fans urging him to record again. Returning home, he convinces the band to reunite and deals with the complicated relationships that ensue. This is a heartwarming, funny look at love, life, and second chances that often aren't there for most of us.”
— Georgette Coan (M), Barbara's Bookstore, Chicago, IL
In Thank You, Goodnight, hailed by Billboard as "High Fidelity and About a Boy with a dose of Music & Lyrics thrown in," the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band tries for one more swing at the fence. Teddy Tremble is nearing forty and has settled into a comfortable groove, working at a stuffy law firm and living in a downtown apartment with a woman he thinks he might love. Sure, his days aren't as exciting as the time he spent as the lead singer of Tremble, the rock band known for its mega-hit "It Feels Like a Lie," but that life has long since passed its sell-by date. But when Teddy gets a cryptic call from an old friend, he's catapulted into contemplating the unthinkable: reuniting Tremble for one last shot at rewriting history. Never mind that the band members haven't spoken in ten years, that they left the music scene in a blazing cloud of indifference, and that the only fans who seem to miss them reside in an obscure little town in Switzerland. If Teddy manages to snooker his band mates out of their adult lives, can a once immature, self-involved fallen idol find his way back to the top--and possibly back to the one who got away? Thank You, Goodnight is debut novelist Andy Abramowitz's hilarious, honest, and heartwarming story about love, lyrics, and finding one's legacy in the unlikeliest of places.
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