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One-hit wonder
Jewell, Lisa.
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New York : Dutton, 2002.

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358 pages ; 24 cm
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From the author of Ralph's Party comes the story of a woman on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery, as Jewell returns with her funniest and sassiest novel yet. One-Hit Wonder takes readers into the thrill-a-minute life of Ann Wills--wannabe pop star.

Author Notes

Lisa Jewell lives in London with her husband and their cat.

Lisa Jewell (born July 19, 1968) is a popular British author of women's fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing, After The Party, a sequel to Ralph's Party, and most recently The House We Grew Up In.

Jewell is one of the most popular authors writing in the UK today. In 2008, she was awarded the Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance for her novel 31 Dream Street. Her titles often reach the bestseller list like, I Found You, in 2017 and Then She Was Gone, in 2018.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Jewell, the British writer whose best-selling first novel Ralph's Party (1999) was written on a dare, is back. When "one-hit wonder" Bee Bearhorn, a pop star from the 1980s, is found dead in her dismal London flat, her death is pronounced a suicide. Ana, Bee's long-lost sister, arrives on the scene to pack up Bee's belongings but realizes that many unanswered questions still exist about the dead singer's life. Suspecting foul play, Ana decides to stick around and investigate. Soon, shy and reserved Ana has taken up with her sister's wild friends and embarked on the adventure of her life. In between club hopping and wearing fabulous clothes, Ana discovers that her sister was leading a double life, which included a disabled son and a cottage in the English countryside. Jewell's work is typically preoccupied with pop culture, and this novel is no exception. It's part mystery, part Brit-pop fiction. And the author has a masterful way of unraveling a story bit by bit to pique the reader's interest. --Kathleen Hughes

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tall and gangly Ana Wills has never felt comfortable in her own skin and has spent years dreaming of her beautiful older half-sister Bee's glamorous life. Bee, who had a falling out with their overbearing and neurotic mother, Gay, left over a decade ago and never looked back. She eventually made it big on the music scene as an '80s rock star, with a knockout number 1 song. When Bee dies in mysterious fashion perhaps by her own hand at the age of 36, Ana is forced to leave the quiet and predictable town of Devon and travel to London to collect Bea's effects. In Bee's huge but surprisingly run-down flat, Ana is consumed by the clues she discovers about Bee's longtime depression and angry with herself for not making more of an effort to stay in touch. Bee's best friends black singer and exotic dresser Lolita Tate and Flint Lennard, Bee's erstwhile chauffeur are anxious to help Ana discover the details of her sister's existence. Lol and Ana click immediately, and Ana can't help being attracted to the enigmatic and hulking hunk, Flint. The three soon learn that Bee was leading a double life, one that included a disabled adolescent boy and a secret place for their rendezvous. Devastated, Ana finally stands up to Gay, who believes that Bee led a charmed life. "She had looks, Mum. She had money. She had absolutely nothing else. Take it from me. I've seen her life." Hints throughout suggest that Ana, too, has musical talent; it is that talent, despite the pain of loosing Bee, that will be her instrument of self-discovery. Jewell, author of Ralph's Party and thirtynothing, sounds a series of secrets and gradual revelations that keep the narrative at high pitch and bring it to a satisfying conclusion. Agent, Judith Murdoch. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Shy and unassuming, Ana Wills always looked up to the half sister she never really knew. Bee Bearhorn's one 1980s gold record indelibly etched her pop star image into Ana's mind, if not the rest of London's. But when Bee dies unexpectedly, Ana is left wondering who the sister was she thought she had all figured out. With the help of Bee's friends, Ana unearths her sibling's secrets and discovers the true staying power of a one-hit wonder. Jewell's third novel (after Ralph's Party and Thirtynothing) is an engaging coming-of-age tale skillfully told by interweaving the past and present. By turns funny and poignant, the book pulls no punches in dismantling the walls people build around themselves. Jewell's prose is focused and fluid; readers can expect unpredictable twists and turns as Ana gets closer to uncovering her sister's real life as well as some unrealized truths about herself. A substantial and welcome addition to women's contemporary fiction collections, it is recommended for public libraries. Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.