"It is Kathryn Stern’s blessing to have created, in Another Song About the King, a mother-daughter act that shocks us to remember those we’ve worshiped, then pitied, then fled, and then become. Simone is a Mississippi Mama Rose and a midwestern Madame Bovary–a misguided missile bent on blasting a way to the stars for Silvie, the daughter she has named by rearranging the name of her girlhood obsession, Elvis. She has also rearranged the facts of her own life, like a Chanel courageously run up on the Singer, shredding hearts and intentions along the way; and still, though we empathize with Silvie’s every wound at Simone’s hands, the author forces us to take this mother to our hearts, with a writerly compassion so honest we can cringe but not look away.
"Another Song About the King is a majestic debut, and while it may be Kathryn Stern’s first hit, it will not be her only."
–Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean