NC Literary Hall of Fame



Searching for Jimmy Page by Christy Alexander Hallberg

Livingston Press
$18.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-604892918
October, 2021
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"In her wondrous first novel, Christy Hallberg gives us a mystery, a mother-daughter love story, a paean to rock and roll, and a window into the culture of eastern North Carolina, all joined seamlessly by the elegance and poetry of her writing. It’s a book that begs to be read twice, first to find out the true story of Luna’s parentage, and then again, immediately but more slowly, to savor the beauty of the language."
—Liza Wieland, author of Paris, 7 A.M., named one of The Best Books by Women of Summer 2019 by O, the Oprah magazine

“Multi-generational secrets, the semi-mystical music of Led Zeppelin, and the tidal pull of a southern family combine to create literary magic in Christy Alexander Hallberg’s Searching for Jimmy Page. Luna Kane, a troubled but determined young orphan, believes she is undertaking a journey to learn the truth about her father, but along the way she gains deeper insights about her long-lost mother and finds not merely Jimmy Page, but herself. A beautifully written and engaging first novel.”
—Kim Wright, author of Last Ride to Graceland, winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction

"The novel is strangely gripping, and fans of Led Zeppelin, in particular, will enjoy how the author has woven the band’s mythology through Luna’s odyssey. . . . An intriguing but brooding coming-of-age tale."
Kirkus Reviews

The unraveling of eighteen-year-old Luna Kane’s haunted past begins in the winter of 1988, when her dying great-grandfather, a self-proclaimed faith healer, claims he hears phantom owls crying in the night. “Them owls, like music. Can you hear the music?” he implores her in his final moments, triggering Luna’s repressed memory of her dead mother’s obsession with Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitar wizard. Desperate to learn the truth about her mother’s suicide, to tease fact from family lore to weave her own personal narrative, Luna embarks on a pilgrimage from her family’s farm in the pines of eastern North Carolina to England, to search for the man whose music her mother held sacred. Searching for Jimmy Page is a story about grief and identity and the power of art, music, and how they connect us with others and ourselves.

Christy Alexander Hallberg is the author of the novel Searching for Jimmy Page, forthcoming October 20, 2021 from Livingston Press. She is a Teaching Professor of English at East Carolina University, where she earned her BS and MA in English. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Goddard College. She is Senior Associate Editor of North Carolina Literary Review and a former editor of #FridayFlash at Litro USA magazine. Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as North Carolina Literary Review, The Main Street Rag, Fiction Southeast, Riggwelter, Deep South Magazine, Eclectica, Litro magazine, STORGY Magazine, Entropy, storySouth, Still: The Journal, and Concho River Review. Her creative nonfiction essay “The Ballad of Evermore” was a finalist for the Sequestrum 2020 Editor’s Reprint Award. Her flash story “Aperture” was chosen Story of the Month by Fiction Southeast for October 2020. The editors of the Best Small Fictions anthology series chose it for inclusion in their 2021 issue.

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