Franz Nicolay’s debut novel Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is getting rave prepub reviews prior to its June 1 publication.
“Starting at the midlife crisis of an early-aughts indie rock never-was, Franz Nicolay delivers a tight-fisted gut punch of a novel, weaving a road-weary world with a lyricist’s skill for evocation, emotion, and economy. A requiem for the non-glamour of every minor scene that once, briefly, felt enormous, and an unflinching and finely rendered vision of old anthems clashing with new ideals, Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is a story of an “Xennial” reckoning unto redemption, which fans of Nicolay’s band, the Hold Steady, will appreciate, and which will leave anyone who reads it brimming with ragged hope. A knockout fiction debut from a longtime troubadour.”—Alex Houston, the Seminary Co-op, “42 Great Books To Read This Spring, Recommended By Our Favorite Indie Booksellers,” in BuzzFeed News 03/22/21
“Through the blur of indifferent audiences and counterfeit drink tickets, Rudy becomes the de facto guardian of his crust punk niece and is forced to reckon with his broken relationship with a famous former protégé—a career-defining falling out where the holier-than-thou Pauver has always cast himself as the victim, though the truth is far more muddy. . . . Nicolay’s pitch-perfect observations make his story intriguing and all too true, zooming by like trees on the side of the highway.”—Chris L. Terry, Razorcake 3/17/21