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Suzzy Roche: Suzzy Roche

World-renowned musician, novelist, and picture book author.


Suzzy Roche


August 2013


Suzzy Roche
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Suzzy Roche is a singer/songwriter/performer/author and founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded over fifteen albums, written music for TV and Film, and toured extensively for thirty years across the U.S. and Europe. Zero Church: an unusual collection of prayers (a collaboration with Maggie Roche) which was developed at Harvard’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue was originally staged at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, and has been performed around the country. Suzzy has been an associate member of The Wooster Group; the experimental theater company based in New York City, and performed with them off and on for years throughout Europe. Her children’s book Want To Be In A Band? (Random House) was published in February 2013. Wayward Saints (Hyperion/Voice) is her first novel and was a selection of the Spring 2012 B&N Discover Great New Writers Program. Suzzy and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche have just released a brand new recording Fairytale and Myth, their first collaboration.


On Wayward Saints:

"VERDICT A great read for fans of The Roches; there are definite allusions to and pokes at the music industry here, from an insider's perspective. Themes of insider/outsider, despair/inspiration, faith, abuse, and acceptance/rejection are all addressed-with finesse. A well-done first outing; Roche handles sticky topics with grace."
—Library Journal

On Want to Be in a Band?:

"Doesn't everyone want to be in a band? Suzzy Roche, one of the trio of sisters constituting the Roches, explains to young readers how to go about making a musical dream come true. Speaking directly to her audience ("Are you one of those kids who likes to make noise?"), she keeps readers' attention with her folksy, friendly voice and story…Encouraging (about not giving up even when your instrument is hard to learn), honest (about stage fright), and realistic (about disagreements among band members), Roche's story will entertain a wide audience -- not just those looking to start a band."
—Horn Book

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