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The Book of Yaakby Rick Bass
Synopses & Reviews
"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 Basss best." —Dallas Morning News
Rick Bass's third novel dramatizes three real-life 1950s era country singers from Arkansas who produced a unique and eerie tempered harmony--the Nashville Sound--that for a brief period made them the biggest thing in country music.
The Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana is one of the last great wild places in the United States, a land of black bears and grizzlies, wolves and coyotes, bald and golden eagles, and even a handful of humans. But its magic may not be enough to save it from the forces threatening it now. In The Book of Yaak Rick Bass captures the soul of the valley itself, and he shows how, if places like the Yaak are lost, so too will be the human riches of mystery and imagination.
About the Author
RICK BASS is the author of twenty-two books. His first short storycollection, The Watch, set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson AlgrenAward, and his 2002 collection, The Hermit's Story, was a LosAngeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass's stories have also beenawarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and havebeen collected in The Best American Short Stories.
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