The latest book reviews in one place

Graceland Reviews

Graceland by Bethan Roberts


Bethan Roberts

Score pending

1 review

Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 14 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781784742485

While the heat and music of the American South in the 40s and 50s play in the background, a heartbreaking portrait of a mother's love and a son's devotion takes centre stage. When Elvis reaches the height of his power, he buys his family the ultimate mansion on the hill, Graceland, where he hopes his mother will be happy.

4 stars out of 5
Susie Boyt
1 Feb 2019

"A surprisingly sober fictionalised recreation of the King’s early life with Gladys"

Graceland is disciplined and surprisingly sober considering its themes. Now and then Roberts allows herself a bit of description that might have come from an Elvis lyric such as “above the roof, the sky is prickling with stars” or “The moon is full, hanging heavy and golden in the sky.” Yet in the main this is that rare thing: an understated, thoughtful novel about a man who wore suits fashioned from gold leaf on stage, which occasionally prompts the reader to burst into song.