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A queen of punk before her time. A duo on the brink of stardom. A night that will define their story for ever.

Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, a Black punk artist before her time. Despite her unconventional looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her one night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together.

In early '70s New York City, just as she's finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal's bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially Black women, who dare to speak their truth.

Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo's most politicised chapter, but as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens everything. 

Provocative and haunting, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev introduces a bold new name in contemporary fiction and a heroine the likes of which we've not seen in storytelling.

©2021 Dawnie Walton (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic reviews

"One of the most immersive novels I've ever read...a thrilling work." (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

"Lovely and lyrical; a warm and wonderful intersection between journalism and fiction. This is a novel you'll want to read out loud." (Kiley Reid)  

"As musical and revolutionary in tone and structure as it is in content...it tells the truth. A truth that bangs." (Jason Reynolds)

"A marvelous musical tale of friendship, betrayal, and the power that comes with self-reclamation. This story will stay with me for many years to come." (Layla Saad)

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Wonderful story and very vividly told. Hope to see more of this writer. Totally gripping and well narrated.