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Set List: A Novel

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A set list or setlist is the document that lists the songs that a band or musician intends to play during a particular concert. What an appropriate title for a novel which follows the fictional rock and roll band called Skyye and its groupies from 1970 until 2010. It also follows the personal lives of the musicians when they were not performing. The setting goes back and forth from their North Georgia home to their road venues and back again and again. “SET LIST is an honest, well-written novel for anyone who longs for the days of Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, or the James Gang--a story of life, love, mortality, and music--a true rock and roll dream.” --Michael Buffalo Smith.  “You read Raymond Atkins to laugh, to marvel at description and insight, to see yourself in each of the characters he swears are fictional, and to understand yourself and your fellow man a little better. This time, however, he's taking his readers back, back, back to long summer nights of little sleep with the hum of a box fan wedged in a window while the dim glow of the green light on a Pioneer stereo receiver plays the soundtrack of youth pressed forever on vinyl. That he can take us back there, is but one of his gifts.” --Shari Smith.  Raymond L. Atkins is the author of four previous novels and a book of creative non-fiction. He lives in Rome, Georgia, and teaches at Reinhardt University and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2018. 320 pages. Hardback in dust jacket