NEW BOOK ALERT: Daisy Jones & The Six (and PS: it feels as good as Fleetwood Mac)

Nicole Doliner

One of my favorite bands is Fleetwood Mac. I only know a thin outline of their history: hookups & breakups among band members, departures of band members, and a whole lot of sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll.

However, the entire time I was reading Daisy Jones & The Six, written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I felt like I was reading about a real 70s rock’n’roll band and I was having a difficult time remembering that I couldn’t just look up “Daisy Jones and The Six” on Spotify. The events that unfold in this novel seem so real, it’s almost like the author researched a real band like Fleetwood Mac.

Written as interviews with band members, as well as with their friends, lovers, and managers, this engrossing book hooked me in immediately. The many perspectives allow you to really get to know each character. Daisy Jones is a feisty lead singer and I honestly felt like she was a good friend of mine once I reached the end of the novel. Billy Dunne, the leader of the band, goes through so many changes throughout the book it almost gave me whiplash. Each of the other characters’ voices add so much richness to the background of this fictional blockbuster band. I have never wanted to live in the 1970s before reading this book.

One of the best parts of the book is the fact that the end includes the lyrics of all of the songs on their album, Aurora. Again, the writing of this book was so immersive that I wanted to download the album immediately. Many of the songs that were written by the author have particular meaning to someone in the band, and it is such a special addition to the novel.

This book is beautifully written, hypnotic, and weaves together so many voices spectacularly. I would not be surprised to see it featured on many book club lists in the coming months. Daisy Jones & The Six was just published on March 5, 2019.