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Don’t read to music? This ‘Goodbye Days’ playlist will change EVERYTHING


The blogger love for Jeff Zentner’s ‘Goodbye Days’ has been all over Twitter and the blogosphere this week and we just had to get in on the action.

Music is huge part of ‘Goodbye Days’ and Jeff Zentner’s life – did you see our interview with the man himself? We talked loads about writing music and the inimitable scene in Nashville.

‘Goodbye Days’ is a total sucker punch of a novel. So much emotion, gorgeous writing and an atmosphere that will send you straight to the humidity of Nashville.

Carver didn’t expect a text to end the lives of his three best friends. He especially didn’t expect it to be his fault. But was it really his fault? As Carver explores his grief, what really happened that night and the effects of those losses, he’ll have to come to terms with his new reality and his part in causing it.

Have some tissues on hand, guys. Seriously.


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Jeff and his gorgeous second novel set off on a tour of the UK blogosphere, sharing the songs that inspired the book and reflected the emotional punch of Carver’s story.

Jeff’s first stop was with Carly at Writing from the Tub and he shared his thoughts on why the powerful and sad ‘Cold Front’ by Hammock is ‘Goodbye Days’.

Next up was Andrew from The Pewter Wolf with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Jesus Alone’. The aching grief that radiates through this song is precisely the feeling that Jeff tried to create in ‘Goodbye Days’ (he totally succeeded).

Virginie from Chouett Blog hosted the third spot on the tour and had Jeff discuss the shattering impact of grief that runs through Ryan Adams’ ‘My Wrecking Ball’ and the novel.

‘Avanlanche’ by Leonard Cohen is a song explicitly mentioned in ‘Goodbye Days’ as a real emblem of grief. Maddie and Bee of Heart Full of Books hosted the second to last stop.

The final stop on the tour sat with Chelley over at Tales of Yesterday. The fifth song is ‘The Funeral’ by Band of Horses and it echoes the feeling of how grief changes you and your life permanently – something Carver in ‘Goodbye Days’ definitely realised.

These five songs would make the perfect playlist to settle down to ‘Goodbye Days’ with. Reading with a specially made playlist for the book changes everything and we love it. 

Do you read to music? Or write to music?

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.