A flurry of recent novels has turned fictional cultural anthropology—works tracing cultural history through invented musicians and artists—into a distinct sub-genre. Walton’s contribution stands out as a shining example. In it, a young journalist is investigating how the life of her father, a drummer, intersected with that of an iconoclastic Black woman artist. Told through interviews, articles, and traditional narrative that span several decades and focus on US and British cultural scenes, Walton has crafted an engaging novel which also challenges the reader to reconsider long-held assumptions and beliefs about real-world culture and history.
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, by Dawnie Walton