The Farewell Tour


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$29.99  $27.89
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6.22 X 9.06 X 1.42 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Stephanie Clifford is an award-winning investigative journalist and a bestselling novelist. As a New York Times reporter for almost a decade, she covered business and law. She now writes long-form investigations about criminal justice and business for the Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Elle, The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and other publications. Her accolades include the Loeb Award in Investigative Reporting, the Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence from the News Leaders Association, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award in Explanatory Reporting, and the Deadline Club Award in magazine profiles, among others. Everybody Rise, her first book, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Book Review editors' choice. She grew up in Seattle and lives in Brooklyn with her family.


"Years ago, someone told me that you should write as though your characters have immortal souls. I keep trying, but Stephanie Clifford has done it, with a novel that feels like real life, so alive and heartbreakingly authentic. This story is a fictional paean to real survivors, a tribute and a triumph." -- Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

"Beautifully written, wise, and true, THE FAREWELL TOUR honors the hard-working, hard-living women of country music--their resilience, courage, and powerful devotion to artmaking. I won't soon forget the indomitable Lillian Waters." -- Elizabeth Wetmore, New York Times bestselling author of Valentine

"What happens when your coming-of-age story begins with your retirement tour? What happens when we become too old to feel young? Stephanie Clifford's novel is about regret, love, despair, country music triumph and failure, and betrayal. It's about 'the music spreading...out from the migrant camps and down from the mountain towns, over radio waves, into jukeboxes.' It's about a Nashville where everybody is hungry for fame and a Walla Walla, Washington, where everybody is broken by shame. This is a novel to be read by dusty barlight and wheatfield sunlight. I loved it." -- Sherman Alexie

"Stephanie Clifford nails the character of Depression-era songbird-turned-country crooner Lillian Waters in her fabulous new novel, The Farewell Tour. . . . I saw myself in Lillian's journey, from the highs to the lows to the numbness, from the bench seat of a roadster rumbling across dirt roads to shiny tour buses humming down interstates. . . . By the last chorus we learn that a life in country is a holy sacrifice to the Gods of hillbilly music--for which The Farewell Tour is a worthy offering." -- Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and performer Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show

"Clifford conveys Lillian's joy in crystalizing an emotion into a song and connecting with a live audience. . . . a moving tribute to the power of country music." -- Publishers Weekly