Alabama Chrome is the story of a drifter with nothing to fear or worry about —until trouble strikes. Cassidy has been alone all his life with just a shoebox filled with memories — some vinyl records without a player and a long list of secrets to keep him company. When his campervan breaks down and Lark, a young woman rescues him, he ends up working at a bar in a small town, being involved with the community and creating connections once again. Reba, a new waitress, makes her way to the small town and Cassidy is plagued by an unsettling feeling of recognition. Further complications arise when a reality TV show host and the town’s hero, Brooke Adler, comes to town to shoot a new show. Cassidy attempts to protect Reba from the ghosts of her past but realizes his own ghosts aren’t too far behind. He needs to find the strength to reveal the truth of his past or risk losing his new life once again.
A story about finding family amidst strangers and the lies we weave to comfort ourselves, Alabama Chrome is a powerful tale that reflects real life, how one good choice or decision won’t magically solve all our problems, and how very often we have to choose the lesser of two evils to survive. Alabama Chrome walks us through a depressed, rural town as the genuinely flawed and struggling characters navigate through domestic violence and poverty while pulling down the masks of the modern world and deciphering the meaning of true kindness. 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, making the pages turn in the hands of readers. It is a compelling read from beginning to end, expertly written and featuring an irresistible narrative voice. It is thrillingly good, taut, and passionate.