Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Rick Bass, author of Nashville Chrome
But the Browns' celebrity couldn't survive the world changing around them, and the bonds of family began to fray along with the fame. Heartbreakingly, the novel jumps between the Browns' promising past and the present, which finds Maxine--once supremely confident and ravenous in her pursuit of applause--ailing and alone. As her world increasingly narrows, her hunger for just one more chance to secure her legacy only grows, as does her need for human connection.
Lyrical and nuanced, Nashville Chrome hits all the right grace notes with its vivid evocation of an era in American music, while at its heart it is a wrenching meditation on the complexities of fame and of one family--forgotten yet utterly unforgettable when reclaimed by Bass--who experienced them firsthand
This week on The Write Question, producer Chérie Newman talks with Rick Bass about the challenges of writing fiction about real, living people. You'll also hear Bass read from Nashville Chrome and find out a little about his future projects.
Tune in to Yellowstone Public Radio Thursday (June 23) at 6:30 p.m. or to Montana Public Radio at 7:30 p.m. You can also listen online (and get more information about Rick Bass) or sign up for The Write Question podcast.
RICK BASS READS an excerpt from Nashville Chrome in which he describes the Browns, as children, listening to for the tempered harmony of the blades in their father's saw mill.