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"Razor sharp dialogue, compelling storytelling and characterization, displaying a firm, yet nuanced grasp of the Southern underbelly."

   - Jim White

Carrying nothing but a shoebox of memories and a lot of secrets, Cassidy is used to being alone. But when his camper-van breaks down in a snowstorm and he is rescued by a kind young woman named Lark, he soon finds himself working in a small-town bar and becoming part of the community. When an inscrutable new waitress arrives, Cassidy is unsettled by a sense of recognition, and the unexpected arrival of a reality TV crew scouting for a new show finds him protecting Reba from the ghosts of her past. But it is his own ghosts who are chasing him - and he must find the courage to speak the truth, or risk losing everything, again.

A story of family, both given and found, and the long shadow of domestic violence, Alabama Chrome interrogates the performative nature of the modern world, and what true kindness means.

" Alabama Chrome is an incredible feat of cultural ventriloquism. Mish Cromer writes about the fragility of hope in a real way that is both beautiful and profound. One of my favorite new discoveries."

 

- Ben de La Cour

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Praise for Alabama Chrome:

"Writing about the rural south comes naturally to Mish Cromer and readers will enjoy how she explores nuances of this fascinating setting, capturing its pulse, and unveiling its complex layers with skill and confidence... It is a compelling read from beginning to end, expertly written and featuring an irresistible narrative voice. It is thrillingly good, taut, and passionate." The Book Commentary

 

"Honest and engaging, I didn't want to put it down or for it to end. The characters are so human and their circumstances described with such honesty." T.B.

"Excellent, heartbreaking Americana." A.B.

"Seductively readable...Mish Cromer spins a tale of love, loss, betrayal and hope." A.R

"Touching story with real grit...A rare, satisfying read, it explores difficult themes lightly. It deserves to win prizes." E.R

"Contemporary and compassionate rural novel...Evocative and deeply written." J.M.

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Published October 15th 2020 by Leaf by Leaf

(an imprint of Cinnamon Press)

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