Searching for Jimmy Page (Paperback)
The unraveling of eighteen-year-old Luna Kane's haunted past begins in the winter of 1988, when her dying great-grandfather, a self-proclaimed faith healer, claims he hears phantom owls crying in the night. Can you hear the music? His words trigger Luna's repressed memory of her dead mother's obsession with Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin's legendary guitar wizard. Desperate to learn the truth about her mother's suicide, to tease fact from family lore in order to weave her own personal narrative, Luna embarks on a pilgrimage from her family's farm in the pines of eastern North Carolina to England, to search for the man whose music her mother held sacred, Jimmy Page.
About the Author
Christy Alexander Hallberg teaches literature and writing online at East Carolina University. She serves as Senior Associate Editor of North Carolina Literary Review and editor of Friday Flash USA at Litro magazine. Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as North Carolina Literary Review, storySouth, Main Street Rag, Fiction Southeast, Riggwelter, Deep South Magazine, Eclectica, Litro, STORGY Magazine, Entropy, and Concho River Review. Her flash story “Aperture” was chosen Story of the Month by Fiction Southeast for October 2020 and was selected by the editors of the annual Best Small Fictions anthology series for the 2021 edition. She lives near Asheville, NC.
“Within this engrossing rockin’ tale, Hallberg captures the mysterious compelling enigma that is Jimmy Page.”
--Pamela Des Barres, author of I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie
"The novel is strangely gripping, and fans of Led Zeppelin, in particular, will enjoy how the author has woven the band’s mythology through Luna’s odyssey. . . . An intriguing but brooding coming-of-age tale."
“In her wondrous first novel, Christy Hallberg gives us a mystery, a mother-daughter love story, a paean to rock and roll, and a window into the culture of eastern North Carolina, all joined seamlessly by the elegance and poetry of her writing. It’s a book that begs to be read twice, first to find out the true story of Luna’s parentage, and then again, immediately but more slowly, to savor the beauty of the language.”
--Liza Wieland, author of Paris, 7 A.M., named one of The Best Books by Women of Summer 2019 by O, the Oprah Magazine