For readers of ExpectationÂ and Daisy Jones and the Six, a breakout novel from Emily Gould about music, ambition, sacrifice, and howÂ compromises and rebellion shape women’s destinies
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'Shows the ways in which we are all, always, having to reimagine the story of our lives' Refinery29
'Really smart and exceptionally good'Â Curtis Sittenfeld
'A moving investigation of love, lossÂ and parenthood'Â Esquire
'Mind-blowing . . . brilliant and fearless' Elif Batuman
The perfect song. The biggest dream. The love of her life.
It's the early days of the new millennium, and Laura has arrived in New York City's East Village in the hopes of recording her first album. A songwriter with a one-of-a-kind talent, she's just beginning to book gigs with her beautiful best friend when she falls hard for a troubled but magnetic musician whose star is on the rise. Their time together is stormy and short-lived - but will reverberate for the rest of Laura's life.
Fifteen years later, Laura's teenage daughter is asking questions about her father, questions Laura does not want to answer. Laura has built a stable life in Brooklyn that bears little resemblance to the one she envisioned all those years ago, and she's taken pains to close the door on what was and what might have been. When her best friend - now a famous musician - comes to town, opportunity knocks for Laura for a second time. Has growing older changed who she is and what she most wants? After all the sacrifices and compromises she's made along the way, how much is she still that girl from Ohio, with big talent and big dreams?
Funny, wise and tender-hearted, Perfect Tunes explores the fault lines in our most important relationships, and asks whether dreams deferred can ever be reclaimed.