The Rocky State of a Rock Star’s Life
Greta James is a musician, actually a rock star, who is stuck on an Alaskan cruise ship for seven days. This gives her lots of time to ruminate about the problems in her life, which are twofold.
Her first problem involves men, four of them to be exact.
- There’s Jason who was her next-door neighbor growing up. He’s the guy with whom she has hooked up lots of times through the years and who is now supposedly settling down with some other woman.
- There’s Luke, the guy with whom she produced her debut album, and with whom she has been linked in the news. They had a romantic relationship, but it has ended.
- There’s Ben, a charming historian who is on the same Alaskan cruise as Greta, lecturing about his book, The Call of the Wild.
- And then there is Conrad, her dad, a guy with whom she does not get along because he does not support her career choice and life style. He wants her to settle down, get married, and have kids just like her brother has done.
Greta’s second problem is that she is reeling from her mother’s sudden death three months ago. This fact has professional and personal ramifications.
- Professionally, it was immediately following her mother’s death that she fell apart on stage. The video of that concert has gone viral and she has not performed since. Now, on the brink of releasing her second album, the stakes are high. Will she be able to perform or not? Her next concert is on the horizon, immediately following the cruise.
- On the personal side, her mom supported her career choice while her dad did not. He wanted her in a more stable profession. That her career is completely unstable at the moment is a sore point for both of them.
So why is she on a cruise at this point in time? Well, her parents had booked the trip to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary and Greta is standing in for her mom.
Clearly, Greta has many questions about her life, beautifully summed up this way: “Greta finds it almost painful sometimes to think about all the different lives she could be leading, to know that every choice she’s made has meant the loss of so many other possibilities. Every day, more doors close. Without even trying, simply by moving forward, you end up doubling down on the life you’ve chosen. And the only way to survive is to commit to it fully, to tell yourself it’s the right one. But what if that’s not true?”
So there you have it, a rather fluffy book with lots of food for thought!