by Nick Earls
Vintage Books (Random House). Australian, Adult Other. Paperback rrp $27.95
Guest Reviewer - Jill Smith
Annaliese’s brother Mark is also a challenge, with his secret tropical fish breeding program and porn-writing money-making schemes. Curtis becomes a kind of male role model for him. Their mother Kate struggles with being a single mum after a disastrous marriage. She intrigues Curtis such that he buys her a sharp cooking knife and shows her simple cooking techniques.
Add to this mix Derek, the star of the Butterfish band and founding co-band member, song writer, ex-friend and totally fame-crazed junkie living in LA, who drops in for a short time visit. It’s a volatile situation.
What would it be like to live the roller coaster, publicity machine life of world famous rock star, then crash back down to reality to live in suburban Brisbane? Nick Earls leaves the reader questioning their own life experiences.
Having listened to the ABC interview that Earls did with lead band member Rob Reiner from ‘ANVIL’, I believe this was the catalyst for The True Story of Butterfish. When Rob told Nick the band was doing well but his relationship with fellow founding band member was another story, I imagined Nick wondering ‘What if?’. To discover the answer, you will have to read the book.