Hilarious, fast-paced, and delightful, And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You follows sexy Sarah Jean Pixlie as she catapults from struggling back-up singer to blazing star on the country music scene. Encountering more than her share of conniving back-stabbers, she also has the bad judgment to fall in love with a couple of musicians--but the (often misguided) support of a very wacky family.
No matter what befalls her, she pours her irreverent, savvy soul into the lyrics of the songs she writes. The book features two dozen of her original hits, including "Older than Him (the Slut Song)," "Put Me On the Guest List (to Your Heart)," and "My Baby Used to Hold Me (Now He's Putting Me on Hold)."
Kathi Kamen Goldmark's debut novel gleefully confirms that good music can get you through tough times, that teamwork and quick wit can get you out of a jam, and that you don't have to be young and beautiful to have fun--but it helps.
This honky-tonk romp is a great performance, on the stage and on the page.
Praise for And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You:
"...a smashing debut novel--a delicious send-up of fame and fortune country-western style, complete with lyrics. This is a wonderful read about losing your innocence and losing your man but never ever your love of life or a damn good song." - Amy Tan
"This woman knows music, and as this funny, authentic and moving book proves, she also knows writing." - Dave Barry
"As funny as reality, but with better food and beauty tips. My only fear is that Kathi Goldmark has invented a scam for ripping off musicians that the record labels hadn't thought of yet." - Dave Marsh
"The female Kinky Friedman has at last arrived!" - Olivia Goldsmith
"This is more fun than a barrel of musicians." - Roy Blount, Jr.
"This book belts along, like a good tune very well played. It is funny, clever, warm, and full of good surprises. I loved it." - Roddy Doyle
"A high-energy, feel-good story about down-to-earth people uncovering and celebrating the values of love, family, and friendship. It's as catchy and as satisfying as a Patsy Cline hit. Read it and hum along." - Lynne Hinton
"You'll keep walking back to this novel - the best book ever written about real country music." - Rita Mae Brown
"Kathi Goldmark has done for country music what Tolstoy did for the Napoleonic Wars, what Melville did for big white whales, what Dave Barry did for boogers." - P.J. O'Rourke
"A fine, rolicking ballad about lost loves, and lost royalties." - Carl Hiaasen
"A dazzling tour de force first novel, full of humor, rhythm, and rock and roll, all wrapped into a scintillating, sexy, funny and very poetic read-the characters, the action, and even the songs are great! I stayed up all night, never wanting it to end." - Judy Collins
"Kathi Goldmark may be the best thing to happen to country music since the broken heart. This novel is touching, funny and honest, a pleasure to read on every page, while offering the bonus of lyrics clever enough to make you wonder if Tom Lehrer has moved to Nashville." - Scott Turow
"Kathi Kamen Goldmark is a wonderfully funny woman with a grand zest for life and for people, and it all shows in this love of a book. She not only knows the music business inside out, upside down, and backwards, she also captures its larkiest insanity." - Molly Ivins
"Kathi Goldmark go, girl. You have written a jumpdown, turn around, knockout of a book. I am not surprised. You are a jump down, turnaround, knockout of a woman, musician, and an innovator. You go, girl!" - Dr. Maya Angelou