She’s fire. She’s ice. Her aura’s quite nice. She’s Daisy Jones, and with The Six, she’ll break your heart. Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, returns with an historical fiction centered around a rock band in the Seventies, a la Fleetwood Mac. For example, “Aurora”, a tune highlighted, reminds me of “Rhiannon”. See for yourself.
In this story, we’ll see their trials, tribulations, joys, and how they manifest via an alluring chick by the name of Daisy.
She’s no flower.
She’ll leave you, unbeknownst to her, drawn to a fire she ignites at her will.
Reid uses an interview style to present her narrative. If you want to know about Daisy, her words write themselves. If you knew her as a friend, an associate, or someone completely mystified by her charms (e.g. The Six, a band member’s wife, connected industry folks), those characters explain how they invited her in their lives. Pretty straight forward stuff. If they said something, chances are, they meant it.
Ms. Nicks, Daisy’s you. Your mysticism created a fictional character for 2019. Thank you, my dear, you lovely witch you.
Back to the story…
Meet The Six.
(From left to right, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsay Buckingham)
Okay. Not them. Maybe. Yes.
Billy, Mr. Know It All, lead singer and songwriter, who must have everything his way. He’s a committed family man with drug and alcohol habits he straggles through rehab (i.e. Mick Fleetwood). His band. His rules.
Karen (i.e. Christine McVie), talented keyboardist and sometimes vocals, having a secret affair with Graham, Billy’s brother and lead guitarist (i.e. John McVie). She enjoys the affair, but doesn’t want anything as serious as Graham puts out.
Eddie, hot-tempered rhythm guitarist, feeling left out of band decisions and fighting to not crack Billy’s skull (i.e., Lindsey Buckingham).
Warren, drummer (e.g. insert a cool dude), who likes girls, smoking, and drinking. Honestly, I think he flowed with the ride as if he was a reader too. Not too much characterization from him.
Pete, bassist and reluctant rock star. He’s willing to play until the compulsion ends.
With Daisy, lead singer and songwriter, you get seven and an egg roll.
Okay, let’s count the pros and cons of this lovely story.
- Taylor Jenkins Reid respects historical fiction. She sets the decade which she focuses, transporting you as she crosses the p’s and q’s required to make her story believable. I felt as if I was at the Chateau Marmont. I live thirty minutes from the hotel, but I felt as though I sat at the pool at one of Daisy’s parties.
- I like reading about drama among bands. It’s inevitable and I love how it entertains me.
- Using interviews, instead of writing her story as a straight narrative. I believed every word, even the shady stuff.
- Cast of Characters. While some folks I did not invest myself in, I loved Daisy, but I love Stevie Nicks, so that’s a given. Simone, Karen, Graham, and, eventually Billy, earned my love. Incredibly strong female personas. I love that about Reid.
- Quick pacing once you figure how the story goes (Always a bonus).
- Daisy. Had to say it twice. Sorry.
- Fleetwood Mac inspiration. Come on. Do not deny it, Reid.
- Simone. When we see her, she’s an awesome friend.
- Rod, their roadie. Gay man for the win!
- Listed lyrics at the end of the book.
- I wasn’t sure where the story would head as I started. The marketing sold us on a narrative where Daisy, and she alone, spoke and presented her story in regular, fictional form. Nope. Once I strengthened my footing with this story, I enjoyed it. Marketing needs to get it together with how they sell stories.
- At first, I tired of the Billy-Camilla story line. I did not care (I changed a bit after reading). I wanted Daisy and only Daisy. Of course, I chilled and enjoyed what followed.
- I wanted to see that album cover.
Thus, if you failed to figure my feelings on this story, I cannot help you. But, yeah. I dug it.
Grab a copy of Daisy and The Six. She’ll either make you a faux “Gold Dust Woman” in proverbial lust of her or she’ll make you happy you never met her.
Here’s some of the Mac to inspire you until you get the book.