Songs by Honeybird by Peter McDade
3/29/22; 250 pages
It's been two weeks since Ben and Nina broke up. They were planning
to move together when Nina confessed to Ben that her dog, Sid, talks and
is actually a reincarnated being. This was more than Ben was willing to
accept. Ben, a Doctoral candidate, is researching the South's first
integrated rock band, Honeybird, for his dissertation. The band ended
abruptly after a tragic fire and information on the band is scarce.
The narrative alternates between Nina and Ben's point-of-view and covers their past relationship and their current activities as they move on after the breakup. While Ben is researching and uncovering information on the band, Nina begins to seek the truth about her father's death. The characters are well-developed and their portrayal is authentic and empathetic. Many will be able to relate to both of them. Even supporting characters resemble the real friends and family members many of us have.
The writing is very good and allows the plot to unfold in an honest manner while also examining their past relationship. Admittedly, the whole talking dog direction of Nina's story arch hindered the complete enjoyment of the narrative for me. Alternately, I relished Ben's chapters and following his research on Honeybird and the past. 3.5 rounded up
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Wampus via NetGalley.