THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton | GGP Online Book Club

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August 31, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Please join us on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7 PM PDT for a GGP Online Book Club discussion of THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton.

The Zoom meeting will be at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87967434914.

You can order a print copy at http://bit.ly/ggpOpalNev, or in audiobook from Libro.fm, GGP's audiobook partner, at http://bit.ly/OpalNevAB.

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A JIMMY FALLON TONIGHT SHOW SUMMER READS SELECTION

An electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later for one last tour.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2021 BY ESQUIRE AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2021 BY * OPRAH DAILY * VOGUE * ELLE * THE WASHINGTON POST * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * ESSENCE * POPSUGAR * BOOKRIOT * GOODREADS * LITERARY HUB * PARADE * MS. MAGAZINE * THE MILLIONS *

“Feels truer and more mesmerizing than some true stories. It’s a packed time capsule that doubles as a stick of dynamite.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can’t imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job—despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar’s amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records.

In early seventies New York City, just as she’s finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal’s bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth.

Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo’s most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything.

Provocative and chilling, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev features a backup chorus of unforgettable voices, a heroine the likes of which we’ve not seen in storytelling, and a daring structure, and introduces a bold new voice in contemporary fiction.

About the Author


Dawnie Walton is a fiction writer and journalist whose work explores identity, place, and the influence of pop culture. She has won fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Tin House Summer Workshop, and earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Previously, she worked as an executive-level editor for magazine and multimedia brands, including Essence, Entertainment Weekly, Getty Images, and LIFE. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she lives with her husband in Brooklyn.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982140168
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Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021

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