Review: Searching for Tina Turner by Jacqueline E Luckett

Posted: July 1, 2014 in Reviews
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This review was originally posted at West of Mars. It is being posted here, at its new permanent home.

I wasn’t going to include Searching for Tina Turner, the debut novel from Jacqueline E. Luckett, in my list of rock and roll fiction. It’s not about a rocker. Not really. But it belongs on my list, all right.

In this tale of a woman searching to find herself once her kids are grown and she’s become disenchanted with always sublimating herself for her husband, it’s all about Tina, baby, and the lessons our main character, Lena, learns from the rock icon. These pages vibrate with Tina’s music — her lyrics, in particular.

There is strength in those famous words, there’s no denying that. As Lena runs around France, finds herself, almost repeats the mistakes she made the first time around, and eventually connects with her own strength, I found myself not only rooting for her but remembering who I am, too.

SFTT is one of those books that made me angry, grossed me out (when she chased all over like a groupie. It was SO beneath Lena), made me cry, and made me laugh out loud. And the ending? Absolutely perfect.

Okay, maybe parts of the book — and the ending — were a bit too pat. So what? The book needed it. Lena needed it. We, the reader, needed it.

Know what else I need now? A copy of I, Tina. There’s much to be learned from Tina’s tale, methinks.

As for Ms. Luckett, bring on the next one, baby. She’s a strong new voice who transcends skin color (I didn’t even realize the heroine was African American until I saw the “Essence Book Club” badge on the cover.) and speaks to all of us women.

Except… maybe not Tina Turner. She’s been there, done this. Survived it. So does Lena.

And so will we.

  1. […] this one. Which is fine… music can do that and still be Rock Fiction. Look at some books like Searching for Tina Turner or Last Night at Chateau […]

  2. […] maybe this isn’t really Rock Fiction. Maybe it is in the vein of other stuff, like Searching for Tina Turner, or even Nick and Norah. You know: where it’s music that more important than the whole Rocker […]

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