Alabama Chrome

by Mish Cromer

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Family Drama Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of Alabama Chrome

Cassidy is running away from his past on Alabama Chrome, but his ghosts never leave. With little other than his campervan, he doesn’t seem to settle anywhere. But a snowstorm changes all that, bringing Cassidy into contact with Lark, and a community he might be able to feel at home in. With more complications on the way, from an inscrutable new waitress and the arrival of a reality TV host with a full crew in tow to shoot a new TV show, will Cassidy be able to share his truth, or will he return to the road?

A story that will bring your emotions to the front but in an enjoyable way. Alabama Chrome is written from the first person perspective of Cassidy; he shares the life of a small, close-knit community, featuring family bonds, the looming presence of domestic violence as well as a critique on reality TV. I was intrigued by the story throughout and I found the characters to be very well-rounded, with each past event revealed adding nuance and believability to the story. The author definitely has a detailed knowledge of people, their quirks, traits and behaviours and is good at crafting believable characters that evoke sympathy and empathy.  

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Alabama Chrome Synopsis

With nothing but a collection of vinyl records without a player, 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, Lark, he finds himself working in a small-town bar and becoming part of the community. He is unsettled, however, by the arrival of enigmatic new waitress, Reba, and a discomforting sense of recognition. And there are further complications when Brooke Adler, reality TV host and hero of the town's inhabitants, arrives unexpectedly to shoot a new show. Cassidy is drawn irrevocably into protecting Reba from the ghosts of her past, only to discover that his own ghosts are chasing him; he must find the courage to speak the truth, or risk losing everything, once again. A story of family, both given and found, and the long shadow of domestic violence, Alabama Chrome interrogates the masks of the modern world, and what true kindness means.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781788649131
Publication date: 15th October 2020
Author: Mish Cromer
Publisher: Cinnamon Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 190 pages
Primary Genre Indie Author Books
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