Xlibris Author David M. Carew Succeeds in Portraying Nashville’s ‘Seedy’ Side
Xlibris author David M. Carew earns critics’ nods for his book Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville published by Xlibris in September 2012. His debut novel Voice from the Gutter was also released by the leading Indiana-based publishing company in 2001.
Rachel Gladstone of online magazine All Booked Up praised David’s flair in exposing Nashville’s club scene behind the glitz and glamour. Below is the full article of Rachel’s review.
To the naked eye, Nashville is a city filled with glitz, glamour and rhinestones, struggling musicians and the twang of guitars. But there is grittier layer to Music City that most people don’t see and which is explored with great panache by David M. Carew in his new novel EVERYTHING MEANS NOTHING TO ME.
Set in a boarding house near Music Row, Paul, a young Vanderbilt student befriends a mysterious drunkard, John Werrick who lives just down the hall. Heeding the warnings of his aunt who runs the place, Paul is unsure, at first, how to respond to the seemingly crazy man. But then one dark and lonely night, Werrick begins to spin the hypnotic and tragic tale of a woman he once loved and lost, and Paul is hooked.
Night after night they leave the boarding house with no objective other than to drink heavily and wander late, taking in some of Nashville’s best-known dives and re-living the epic tale of Eva, a singer-songwriter with a lot of talent and a dark secret. As he narrates his tale of unbridled love and recrimination, Werrick’s behavior is punctuated by his blatant disregard for the mores of polite society and the joy he derives from pushing peoples buttons, which serves to mirror his deep and unmitigated sense of despair.
Carew’s spellbinding style will keep you turning the pages of this book; I couldn’t put it down until I had read it all the way through in one sitting. The story itself is engrossing and the well-developed characters drew me in so completely, I could almost smell the stale beer and cigarette smoke, and hear Werrick’s raspy whispers of regret. With twists and turns along the way, this novel of Nashville’s seedier side will keep you guessing and hoping against hope for a happy ending.
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