If you enjoyed Daisy Jones & The Six, then you’ll love Utopia Avenue.
“Fans of David Mitchell will not be disappointed with his latest masterpiece! Ostensibly a novel about a band coming together in England in the late 1960s, Utopia Avenue is so much more! Mitchell goes deep into the backstories of the band members to explore grief, alcoholism, sexuality and schizophrenia (just to name a few) in his own unique style. Historical events, like Viet Nam protests and the proliferation of drug use, also make appearances giving the novel gravitas and authenticity. On a more light hearted note, cameos by actual artists are scattered within the novel to great effect: making small talk with David Bowie, meeting Brian Jones backstage, partying with Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin, taking acid with Jerry Garcia. Utopia Avenue is a big story comprised of hundreds of little gems—a great read!”Phyllis, Wellesley Books
“Okay this book took me by storm, something I was not expecting in the slightest. At the start I was following along a meandering story about the individual lives of four random strangers who all end up in a band together. While their stories are intriguing, about half way though I found myself wondering what the rest of the book would entail... but that's when David Mitchell hooked me. I was just listening along and then bam! I couldn't stop. The second half interweaves the intimacies of the characters lives and the unpredictable struggles of living in general. What is Utopia? Is utopia somewhere full of perfection? Or is utopia being alive? Living a life of hardship and feeling but also joy and success. I am more likely to side with the second. What is Freedom? The choice to live? The attempt to live?”Emma, Content
“Another delightfully addictive novel from this masterful storyteller. We get in on the ground floor witnessing the formation and rise of a rock band in London just as the British Invasion is taking off. Filled with great characters and lots of fun, inside Mitchellisms fans will love — a character named De Zoet, an album with Cloud Atlas in the title — this is a wonderful book and perfect summer reading.”Cody Morrison , Square Books