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MARISSA STAPLEY

The Lightning Bottles

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 17, 2024

From the author of New York Times bestseller LUCKY comes a new novel that’s part love story, part searing examination of the cost of fame, and a whole lot of rock n’ roll.

Jane Pyre was once half of one of the most famous rock duos in the world, the Lightning Bottles, alongside her soulmate, Elijah Hart. The Lightning Bottles emerged from the Seattle grunge scene in the early 90s and took the world by storm.

And then everything came tumbling down. Elijah vanished at the height of the band’s fame, and, in the ensuing five years, Jane became the most hated (and least understood) woman in music. She was never as popular with fans as Elijah was, but her reputation hit rock bottom after his disappearance.

In a last-ditch attempt to get away from it all—the fans, her heartbreak–Jane decides to rent a house in remote Germany. But when her new teenage neighbor turns out to be a Lightning Bottles superfan claiming to have information that might solve the mystery of what happened to Elijah, Jane realizes she can’t leave her past behind. The unlikely duo embark on a road trip around Europe, chasing clues in the cities where, before everything went wrong, the Lightning Bottles played to teeming crowds of adoring fans and were at their happiest.

The story of two misunderstood outsiders brought together by their shared passion for music interwoven with flashbacks to Jane and Elijah’s love story and their rise to fame during the grunge era, THE LIGHTNING BOTTLES is a poignant and gritty love letter to music–and a searing look at what happens when the stars we idolize come crashing back to earth.

 

Reviews

“A fiercely visceral, exquisitely written ode to rock and roll, the 90s, and the power of music to hurt and heal in equal measure. With The Lightning Bottles, Marissa Stapley has created both a beautiful love story and a singularly unique mystery. Readers will quickly turn pages to find out what really happened to former rock star Elijah Hart—only to be swept away by the tumultuous journey of two lovers finding that fame comes at a higher cost than they can afford. Be prepared for the wildly talented duo that is The Lightning Bottles to take up permanent residence in your head, and in your heart.”

~ Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Till Death Do Us Part and The Girls Are All So Nice Here

MARISSA
STAPLEY

The Lightning Bottles

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 17, 2024

From the author of New York Times bestseller LUCKY comes a new novel that’s part love story, part searing examination of the cost of fame, and a whole lot of rock n’ roll.

Jane Pyre was once half of one of the most famous rock duos in the world, the Lightning Bottles, alongside her soulmate, Elijah Hart. The Lightning Bottles emerged from the Seattle grunge scene in the early 90s and took the world by storm.

And then everything came tumbling down. Elijah vanished at the height of the band’s fame, and, in the ensuing five years, Jane became the most hated (and least understood) woman in music. She was never as popular with fans as Elijah was, but her reputation hit rock bottom after his disappearance.

In a last-ditch attempt to get away from it all—the fans, her heartbreak–Jane decides to rent a house in remote Germany. But when her new teenage neighbor turns out to be a Lightning Bottles superfan claiming to have information that might solve the mystery of what happened to Elijah, Jane realizes she can’t leave her past behind. The unlikely duo embark on a road trip around Europe, chasing clues in the cities where, before everything went wrong, the Lightning Bottles played to teeming crowds of adoring fans and were at their happiest.

The story of two misunderstood outsiders brought together by their shared passion for music interwoven with flashbacks to Jane and Elijah’s love story and their rise to fame during the grunge era, THE LIGHTNING BOTTLES is a poignant and gritty love letter to music–and a searing look at what happens when the stars we idolize come crashing back to earth.

 

Reviews

“A fiercely visceral, exquisitely written ode to rock and roll, the 90s, and the power of music to hurt and heal in equal measure. With The Lightning Bottles, Marissa Stapley has created both a beautiful love story and a singularly unique mystery. Readers will quickly turn pages to find out what really happened to former rock star Elijah Hart—only to be swept away by the tumultuous journey of two lovers finding that fame comes at a higher cost than they can afford. Be prepared for the wildly talented duo that is The Lightning Bottles to take up permanent residence in your head, and in your heart.”

~ Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Till Death Do Us Part and The Girls Are All So Nice Here