by Mark Childress


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East Tupelo was a sprinkling of poor houses at the scratched-out back edge of Mississippi--and the birthplace of a boy who would become the greatest rock legend of his time.

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. After reading Tender, you will never think about the South, fame, or rock-and-roll the same way again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345419033
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 886,681
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Mark Childress was born in Alabama, grew up in the Midwest and the South, and was graduated from the University of Alabama. His articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Times Literary Supplement, Southern Living, and the Birmingham News, among other publications. He is the author of three children's books and four novels: A World Made of Fire, V for Victor, Tender, and Crazy in Alabama. He lives in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

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

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Tender 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
sacrain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Mark Childress. I didn't even know I loved Elvis until I read this book (and visited Graceland).Childress is able to capture the hilarity, absurdity, vibrancy and poignancy of his characters' lives, the music business and the South. It's a tender book that made me laugh out loud, and made me want to read all of his other works immediately.
marciathing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well-written, entertaining, and all that.
kambrogi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny and tragic, but very human, this novel is obviously based on Elvis Presley¿s rise to fame. It includes the magical realism I appreciated in [Crazy in Alabama], and creates an incredibly musical story, something that strikes me as a great literary challenge. If you like Presley, distinctively American music, Southern tales or powerful human dramas, you should enjoy this book. My only problem was the ending, a sense that it was unfinished, but that may have been because I wanted to keep on reading!
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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