The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev Review

A poignant fictional oral history of the beloved rock ‘n’ roll duo who shot to fame in the 1970s New York, and the dark, fraught secret that lies at the peak of their stardom.

Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can’t imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job—despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar’s amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records.

In early seventies New York City, just as she’s finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal’s bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth.

Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo’s most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything.

Provocative and chilling, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev features a backup chorus of unforgettable voices, a heroine the likes of which we’ve not seen in storytelling, and a daring structure, and introduces a bold new voice in contemporary fiction.

Title:The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
Edition Language:English

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  • Michael David

    First, let’s discuss the elephant in the room. Is this written in the oral history format like Daisy Jones & The Six? Yes. Does it have sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll? Yes. Will it take you back ...

  • Liz

    I loved Daisy Jones and the Six - it’s oral history format just really worked for me. So, I was anxious to see what Walton would do with it. Well let me tell you, she moves it up a notch. This is so...

  • Peter

    Rock-DuoOpal and Nev are the most unlikely of partners who could not be more different. With such a range of personalities, background, culture, race, image and behaviours, they provide such a fascina...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Who doesn’t like to dive into an oral-history fiction after the blooming popularity of Daisy Jones and the Six! The storytelling style with interviews, the nerve breaking rising of a band and catast...

  • Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster/37 Ink, and Dawnie Walton for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 3.30.21!**Opal Jewel is a rare gem, with a cut, clarity, and color all her own. Grow...

  • mina reads??

    AN AFROPUNK ROCK N ROLL DUO IN THE SEVENTIES??? YES YES YESSSSSS...

  • Larry H

    The Final Revival of Opal & Nev , Dawnie Walton's upcoming debut novel, is a sweeping and thought-provoking look at the meteoric rise and fall of a 1970s-era music duo.First things first: this book...

  • Celeste

    I had really high hopes for this book. Daisy Jones & The Six was one of my favorite experiences of 2019, and I was hoping for something similar when I picked up this book. While The Final Revival of O...

  • Dave

    Walton's "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev" takes the tact of telling the story through a series of rock journalist interviews with a former musical duo who had a brief claim to fame as a duo and their...

  • Cheri

    4.5 StarsShared from multiple perspectives, this story centers around a young Black woman named Opal Jewel and the people in her life over time. A Once-Upon-A-Time story of a young, talented, daring B...