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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathryn Stern Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN: 9781415910634
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"You were named for Elvis. . . .  Darlin', did you hear me? You were named for Elvis Presley. Not even your father knows that. Wouldn't you like to share a secret, just you and me?"                

Simone "Mimi" Page once dated Elvis--and will never let her daughter forget it. Though Silvie grew up in the shadow of the King, it was her mother's unfulfilled life that really darkened her childhood. Flamboyant and passionate, with a southerner's flair for colorful stories, Mimi could inspire Silvie like no one else. Nothing is worse than being ordinary were words she pounded daily into young Silvie's mind. But too much success, too much talent, too much Being Somebody--even when that Somebody was her own daughter--could stir up a torrent of envy that Silvie would come to know too well.

Determined to escape her mother's long reach, Silvie moves to New York to become an artist--something Mimi has always aspired to be. But even when her career takes off and she meets a wonderful man, Silvie finds her complicated relationship with her mother remains a forceful tide, pulling at her dreams and sense of self. Silvie has nearly given up on reconciling with her past. Then a family crisis draws her back home--and she discovers what Elvis was really all about. . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weezy805 | 2/21/2012

    " a story about a mother and daughter and the mother loving Elvis and her daughter needing attention from her mother and not getting it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick Glasgow | 4/18/2007

    " This book is written by my sister Kathryn! It artfully fictionalizes some parts of life I am very familiar with....Check it out! "

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About the Author

Kathryn Stern lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.