Nashville Chrome

By Rick Bass
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547577463, 272pp.)

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover

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Description

"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

1959: 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. In this arresting novel, acclaimed author Rick Bass draws poignant portraits of their lives, lived both in and out of the limelight. Masterfully jumping between the Browns’ once auspicious past and the heartbreaking present, Nashville Chrome is the richly imagined story of this forgotten family and an unflinching portrait of an era in American music.

"An empathic, breath-catching, mythic and profoundly American tale of creation, destruction and renewal." —Kansas City Star

"Splendid . . . Rick Bass’s best." —Dallas Morning News




About the Author

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.




Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

  1. 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? 




Praise For Nashville Chrome

“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

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