Loved this. Brandon Kussgarten, a rock star, is assassinated under bizarre circumstances. Adam, his estranged, reclusive twin brother is drawn into Brandon's world to deal with Brandon's unfinished business, and finds himself sort-of adopting his twin's identity.
As you'd expect, there's sex, drugs and rock n roll, but Osman makes it so distinctive, beautiful and odd. Look at this description of a house wrecked by a party - 'The chandelier sits in the middle of the floor, bedecked in fairy lights, its crystal drops spread around it like petticoats.' Or the breathtaking scene walking across a frozen lake while the ice groans and heaves underneath. Here's Brandon (through his writings) describing the band rehearsing, all wearing headphones: 'I strained to hear the ghost of the song through the thin sounds of plectrum on strings, Kimi's mumbling and the soft beat of feet'.
Adam has to take on his brother's identity to an extent, which you'd expect, but in Osman's hands this journey is always unpredictable, uncomfortable and intriguing. Adam becomes close to Rae, Brandon's girlfriend, which again you might expect, but its handling is deep, true and so affecting. This novel is about deep attachments and Osman makes you so exquisitely aware of them. Brandon's girlfriend Rae, sleeping with their new-born son: 'Robin curled into her, flseh on flesh. Their faces, even deep in respective slumbers, beamed information at each other, two satellite dishes in constant contact: I AM HERE I AM HERE I AM HERE.'
Mat, I'm here for another one. Do write again soon.
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