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The Big Wide Calm

A Novel

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A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect album
Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. With a name like Paige Plant, how could she be anything but the future frontwoman of the next Led Zeppelin? She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions—and make her galactically famous along the way.
When John Bustin, a rich, reclusive, former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige’s album for free, it feels like destiny, like the next step on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, like some strange attractor is pulling her in. Guitar in hand, Paige sets off to John’s recording compound, ready to unfold her future.
But the ever-elusive John, with his mysterious history, and Paige, a big dreamer but naïve about her footing in life, clash as much as they coalesce. Before they can change the world through Paige’s music, the improbable duo must learn to work together, and in the process, discover their authenticity.
One part coming-of-age story and retrospective, one part rock and roll epic, The Big Wide Calm focuses a lens on human nature and the complexities of love through the eyes of young and old on the journey of creating the perfect album.

Customer Reviews

Loved it!

The Big Wide Calm is a must read as it delves into the beauty that is music, love and finding yourself along the way. Paige Plant is an exceptional character that captured my heart from the beginning and had me rooting for her all the way. Author Rich Marcello brings us the story of young Paige, born to be a musician daring to fulfill her dreams. We experience every raw emotion and truth as she grows and develops. It would be hard to find a sweeter more complete character in modern literature. Her story is worthy of being told and is told well by Marcello. Marcelo's talent shines bright with his ability to create such a beautiful story and character that will surely find her way into your heart and mind long after you finish reading this novel. I highly recommend it!

Great book!

I really didn't know what to expect, but the synopsis sounded interesting so I thought I'd go for it. I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to.

This was a unique book with great characters. Life from the point of view of a young 20-something takes me back to the naivety of myself as a young woman. Career, following your dreams, love, wanting to change the world... all the things important as you're making your mark on the world. Paige was a great character who you will love. A very creative young woman who knows what she wants, enjoys a few surprises, learns about hard work and a thing or two about love.

The "artsy" aspect was such a great addition, something you don't see often. Anyone who loves art of any kind will appreciate Paige's love of music and will understand how one's life revolves around their creativity. Paige was truly an inspiration, reading The Big Wide Calm made me feel excited and ready to start new projects of my own. There's something special about Paige's enthusiasm.

The Big Wide Calm was an excellent book that was a fun, exciting read, that left me inspired.


Well written. Deep characters. Thought provoking and a wonderful read.

The Big Wide Calm
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: May 07, 2014
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press
  • Seller: Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.
  • Print Length: 254 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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