Book Review: The Big Wide Calm by: Rich Marcello

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Langdon Street Press

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn't know it yet. She's got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions--and make her galactically famous along the way.

When John Bustin, a former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige's album for free, it feels like destiny, like the next step on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitar in hand, Paige sets off to John's recording compound, ready to unfold her future.

But the ever-elusive John, with his mysterious history, and Paige, a big dreamer but naive about her footing in life, clash as much as they coalesce. Before they can change the world through Paige's music, the improbable duo must learn to work together.

A coming of age story and retrospective, The Big Wide Calm focuses on human nature and the complexities of love through the eyes of young and old on the journey of creating the perfect album.

Review: Paige Plant has been groomed to be a musical superstar all her life; just look at her name! She’s got the talent, the ‘it-factor’, and the ambition to make it big, but she needs to create and record her debut album. When Paige auditions for the reclusive singer/songwriter/producer John Bustin, he offers her the deal of a lifetime – he’ll record her album for free, a place for her to stay, and a stipend. Paige accepts, but doesn’t realize the toll the creation of her debut album will have on her. Searching for the elusive ‘big wide calm’, the place of ancient truth which touches all hearts, Paige must grow into her authentic self.

THE BIG WIDE CALM takes readers to an entirely different place within themselves. The story is told in Paige’s voice; insightful, naïve, funny, and very smart. I was drawn into Paige’s world easily as it was clear the author is deeply invested in these characters and it shone through the pages. THE BIG WIDE CALM will resonate with readers because, at heart, we all long to create something meaningful and harshly beautiful. Unfortunately, not all of us have a John in our life to push us beyond our preconceived boundaries. Thankfully Paige does and while the road is rocky, her story is inspiring. THE BIG WIDE CALM is a contemporary novel which hits all the right notes.

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