An often touching, occasionally disturbing, yet ultimately inspiring semi-autobiographical novel.
Lola Bensky is Lily Brett's fictionalized account of her own life as a young Australian music journalist covering rock-and-roll's most news-making era: the late '60s. Just like the book's title character, Brett is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and early struggle with her weight marked her young-adult years while she tried desperately to understand the formidable horrors of World War II. In the book, Lola Bensky's dark inner thoughts are juxtaposed against a series of vignettes with colorful characters of the Love Generation — from Jimi Hendrix, Cher, and Mama Cass to Mick Jagger. With so many similarities between Lola Bensky and Lily Brett, it's not always easy to tell who is who, but that just adds to this often touching, occasionally disturbing, yet ultimately inspiring semi-autobiographical novel.