Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs Writes Her Debut Novel, ‘That Bird Has Flown Away’


by Best Classic Bands Staff



Susanna Hoffs in The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” Music Video

The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs wrote many classic pop songs, including 1989’s #1 single, “Eternal Flame,” which she co-wrote. Today, she is on the verge of realizing what she calls “a lifelong dream”, with the upcoming publication of her first novel. The book, This bird has flown awaylands April 4, 2023, via Little Brown and Company.

From the publisher’s announcement: Jane Start is thirty-three, broke, and recently single. Ten years earlier, she had a hit song written by world famous superstar Jonesy, but Jane hasn’t had a breakout since. Now she lives with four trash bags at her parents’ house, reduced to performing on karaoke floors in Las Vegas. Rocky bottom.

But when her longtime manager, Pippa, sends Jane to London to regroup, she’s seated next to an intriguing stranger on the flight – the other Tom Hardy, a stylish Oxford literature professor. Jane is instantly smitten by Tom and soon truly inspired. But it’s not just Jane’s past that haunts her second chance at fame and love. Is Tom all he seems? And can Jane emerge from the shadow of Jonesy’s previous hit, and into the light of her own?

By turns deeply sexy, wildly funny and totally joyful, This bird has flown away explores the love, passion and ghosts of our past, and offers insight into the music industry.

Boasting one of pop’s most beloved voices, Hoffs graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in art. In 1981, she co-founded The Bangles, with whom she recorded and released a series of chart-topping singles, including “Manic Monday” (written by Prince), “Walk Like an Egyptian”, “Hazy Shade of Winter” and “Eternal Flame” (co-written by Hoffs), before embarking on a solo career. She also wrote, recorded music and performed in the Austin Powers movies and starred herself in Season 1 of The Gilmore Girls. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker Jay Roach.

Follow Hoffs’ entertaining thoughts on her Twitter feed.

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