By Rick Bass
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547577463, 272pp.)
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
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"Splendid . . . Rick Bass’s best." —Dallas Morning News
RICK BASS’s fiction has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Most recently, his memoir Why I Came West was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
- Nashville Chrome is a fictionalized biography of the Brown family. When you were reading the book, were you more aware of the book as a novel or as biography? Do you read those two genres differently? What do you think are the difficulties for an author in writing such a book?
“Rick Bass deftly weaves the true and fictional into a wonderful novel of the rise and fall of one of country music’s greatest acts—the Browns. It’s as lyrical, plaintive, and true as the best country music, which is exactly what the Browns made. Nashville Chrome is a great celebration of the Browns, and above all, a terrific read.”
—Thomas Cobb author of Crazy Heart and Shavetail