Songs in Ursa Major

Songs in Ursa Major Details

The year is 1969, and the Bayleen Island Folk Fest is abuzz with one name: Jesse Reid. Tall and soft-spoken, with eyes blue as stone-washed denim, Jesse Reid's intricate guitar riffs and supple baritone are poised to tip from fame to legend with this one headlining performance. That is, until his motorcycle crashes on the way to the show.

Jane Quinn is a Bayleen Island local whose music flows as naturally as her long blond hair. When she and her bandmates are asked to play in Jesse Reid's place at the festival, it almost doesn't seem real. But Jane plants her bare feet on the Main Stage and delivers the performance of a lifetime, stopping Jesse's disappointed fans in their tracks: A star is born.

Jesse stays on the island to recover from his near-fatal accident and he strikes up a friendship with Jane, coaching her through the production of her first record. As Jane contends with the music industry's sexism, Jesse becomes her advocate, and what starts as a shared calling soon becomes a passionate love affair. On tour with Jesse, Jane is so captivated by the giant stadiums, the late nights, the wild parties, and the media attention, that she is blind-sided when she stumbles on the dark secret beneath Jesse's music. With nowhere to turn, Jane must reckon with the shadows of her own past; what follows is the birth of one of most iconic albums of all time.

Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, Songs in Ursa Major pulses with romantic longing and asks the question so many female artists must face: What are we willing to sacrifice for our dreams?

Get a Copy :

Amazon
Title:Songs in Ursa Major
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593318621
Format Type:

    Songs in Ursa Major Reviews

  • Susan

    There’s a Song for That.Songs in Ursa Major is infused with warmth. Equal parts romantic, family affinity, and a passion for one’s dreams created an efficacious read. Set in the early 1970’s, I ...

  • Sophia Judice

    drop what you’re doing right now and reads songs in ursa major. when you read as many books as i do, it’s easy for the stories to blend together, for the impact to be lost. i can tell that this is...

  • Ceecee

    This very promising debut novel is loosely based on the affair between James Taylor and Joni Mitchell and depicts the music scene of the late 1960’s/1970’s. It’s July 1969 and folk singing sensa...

  • Liz

    This debut novel takes place in 1969-71, starting at a fictitious folk festival in Massachusetts. This was the year a lot of the soft rock singers were just getting recognized- James Taylor, Carole Ki...

  • Janelle

    This was really good! I got drawn into the story from the first chapter and found it hard to put down from then on. The story begins in 1969 at a music festival and the headline act, Jesse Reid can no...

  • Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Saturday afternoon and I I sat down to start Songs in Ursa Major..... after a break to eat and watch a movie with the family I dived straight back into it and finished it just before midnight. I was c...

  • Tammy

    While this novel seems to accurately depict the music industry machine of the sixties and early seventies, the big reveal wasn’t much of a surprise nor did it seem to be much of a showstopper. Loose...

  • Brooke ? brooklynnnnereads

    This novel from the storytelling to the writing was absolutely incredible. To say it's a beautiful story is simply an understatement. This book may in fact be one of my favourites for this year. When ...

  • ?Karen

    1969 into the early 70s was just a phenomenal time for music, IMO, so even if I hadn't heard that this book was very loosely based on Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, I still would have enjoyed it. The...

  • Maria

    THE BOOK OF THE SUMMER. This is a slow burn novel, so be warned! But it’s a debut that’s oh-so-worth it. Songs in Ursa Major had me entranced from beginning to end. It’s like i was alive in the ...