Tender

Tender

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by Mark Childress
     
 

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In Tender, novelist Mark Childress has redefined the American epic. He takes us on a wild ride through the last three decades as his fictional hero, Leroy Kirby, makes his meteoric rise to stardom, from the poverty-stricken child of an overprotective mother and absent father, to an icon who stands for everything American -- a role that will ultimately consume him.

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In Tender, novelist Mark Childress has redefined the American epic. He takes us on a wild ride through the last three decades as his fictional hero, Leroy Kirby, makes his meteoric rise to stardom, from the poverty-stricken child of an overprotective mother and absent father, to an icon who stands for everything American -- a role that will ultimately consume him.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Tupelo, Mississippi's Leroy Kirby spends his early years in poverty as his parents move from place to place, one step ahead of the landlord's wrath, in search of work. His only joy lies in a mutually adoring relationship with his mother and the music that feeds his soul. A county fair talent show, his own guitar, and a determination to be famous leads to a recording contract with an obscure local company; the subsequent refinement of his sexy bad boy image brings him a phenomenal success the likes of which the entertainment world may never see again. Few readers will miss the parallels with another guitar-playing truck driver whose military induction became a media event and spelled heartache for the country's female population, but this is no mere roman a clef . The author of A World Made of Fire ( LJ 10/15/84) and V for Victor ( LJ 12/1/88) has written a realistic, moving account of the early days of rock `n' roll.--Judith A. Gifford, Salve Regina Coll. Lib., Newport, R.I.
Pat Conroy
Mark Childress has written three wonderful books in a row, but Tender is by far his best. He takes myth, dream, and music and turns them into something miraculous, dazzling. It will be one of the year's most widely praised novels.
Publishers Weekly
Mark Childress has revivified Elvis Presley as Leroy Kirby, a brilliantly realized fictional character...He redeems the biographical novel as an art form...(and) imagines a world that is deliciously claustrophobic and self-contained, yet startlingly real and irresistible...Whether Elvis lives is a moot question in the face of Tender. Leroy Kirby lives, anyway, and Childress makes him sing.
Los Angeles Times
An evocation of an American phenomenon...Childress gets everything right. Tender carries Leroy down destiny's highway with the easy power of a gas-guzzling V-8. And once you're snuggled down in the leatherette upholstery, you don't want to stop.
W.P. Kinsella
Even if Elvis Presley had never existed, Tender would still be a great novel.
Newsday Long Island, NY
Tender may be hailed as a revelation...Leroy's story is so moving, so exciting, and ultimately so sad because it is so American. Seldom has the written word so evocatively captured the thrill of the days when rock and roll was inventing itself. Childress has imagined his story with sensitivity and insight, and for that anyone who cares about American culture must be grateful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345365262
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/13/1991
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.93(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Stephen King
A big, all—American, Technicolor dreamboat of a book…This is a great novel.
Pat Conroy
Takes myth, dream, and music and turns them into something miraculous, dazzling.
—(Pat Conroy

Meet the Author

Mark Childress is the author of the bestselling novels CRAZY IN ALABAMA, ONE MISSISSIPPI, TENDER, and GEORGIA BOTTOMS, as well as A WORLD MADE OF FIRE, V FOR VICTOR, and GONE FOR GOOD.

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Tender 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sisemore More than 1 year ago
Absolutely a great book. One that I've remembered for years now. One of my alltime favorite books.
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