“A knockout fiction debut”—Buzzfeed
Best Music Books of 2021: “Finally, the great indie-rock novel”—Rolling Stone

Someone Should Pay for Your Pain hits the backroads with singer-songwriter Rudy Pauver as he navigates a conflicted relationship with a successful protégé and the unexpected arrival of his spirited young niece.


“Wise, brutal and funny” —Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask

“’Someone Should Pay for Your Pain’ is a marvel.” —Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

“If you’ve been waiting for the great rock and roll novel look no further.” —Darcey Steinke, author of Suicide Blonde

“Franz Nicolay has reinvented the road novel…It’s a book that will haunt me for a long time to come.” —Adam Wilson, author of Sensation Machines

“There is confidence and grace in these pages.” —Jean Kyoung Frazier, author of Pizza Girl

“Reminiscent of something between Denis Johnson and Nick Hornby, but filtered through the lens of somebody who has actually gotten in the van.” —Jason Diamond, author of The Sprawl

“beautifully and brutally honest” —Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day
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