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Nashville Chrome: A Novel

 
 
Author
Rick Bass.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780547577463
Pages/Publication Date 253/2010
Daedalus Item Code 34238
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Following his memoir Why I Came West, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Rick Bass "creates a slice of music history from the ground up, from the backwoods and front porches all the way to Elvis" (Los Angeles Times). It opens in 1959, and the Brown siblings are the biggest thing in country music. Their inimitable harmony will give rise to the polished sound of the multibillion-dollar country music industry we know today. But when the bonds of family begin to fray, the flame of their celebrity proves as brilliant as it is fleeting. Nashville Chrome is the richly imagined story of this forgotten family and an unflinching portrait of an era in American music.

"In his grand return to fiction, Bass summons—with a lyrical style befitting his best nature writing—Arkansas and backwoods trio the Browns, the true-life country music trailblazers who pioneered the 1950s sound from which the novel takes its title. Now half-blind and living in obscurity in west Memphis, the group's oldest sibling, Maxine, ruminates on the trio's fateful rise and subsequent fall from grace, and her struggle to recover fame. (Or is it recover from it?) Maxine sets out to have a documentary made and relives on the page a yearning that perhaps only a song or accomplished novel could intone. We revisit her childhood in the woods; live through brother Jim Ed's and father Floyd's bloody struggles in the wood mill; witness sister Bonnie's love affair with a young Elvis; and experience Maxine's reverie in front of 'a standing ovation more powerful than any drug.' Like the sound Chet Atkins pulls from the Browns in the studio, the narrative has a pitch-perfect chorus of longing and regret, with an undertone that connects and heals."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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