IN STORE: Elizabeth Bass Parman, author of The Empress of Cooke County

Elizabeth Bass Parman's author photoParnassus Books is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Bass Parman to celebrate her debut novel, The Empress of Cooke County.

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Thursday, September 5th at 6:30pm Central Time. Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form below! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.) Masks are strongly encouraged during this event.

About the Book

Posey Jarvis knows she's the rightful Empress of Cooke County . . . she just needs to make everyone else realize it too.

Thirty-eight-year-old Posey Jarvis is the self-appointed "Empress" of rural Spark, in Cooke County, Tennessee. She spends her days following every word about her idol and look-alike Jackie Kennedy, avoiding her stalwart husband Vern, and struggling to control her newly defiant daughter Callie Jane--all while sneaking nips of gin. When Posey unexpectedly inherits a derelict mansion from her quirky old Aunt Milbrey, she finagles her way into hosting her high school's twentieth reunion there. She cares nothing about seeing her classmates, but she cares deeply about seeing the love of her life, a man who dumped her nineteen years ago. Possums are nesting in the parlor and the stench of cat urine permeates the sunroom, but she must be ready for the big day, even if she has to do the work herself.

Eighteen-year-old Callie Jane finds herself accidentally engaged and is panicking about her fast-approaching wedding. She's also had enough of her domineering mother. Even though she loves her father, the idea of working at his Emporium for the rest of her life just makes her . . . so sad. She longs to escape from her mother, her job, her upcoming wedding, and the creepy peeping Tom terrorizing the town. She dreams of leaving everything she's ever known in her rearview mirror and starting over in California, but when her life has been mapped out for her from birth, how can she break free?

Set in a gossipy small town during the turbulent 1960s, and full of Southern charm and unforgettable characters, The Empress of Cooke County is a novel about found family, what it means to be loved, and how being true to yourself can have life-altering consequences.

About the Author

Elizabeth Bass Parman grew up entranced by family stories, such as the time her grandmother woke to find Eleanor Roosevelt making breakfast in her kitchen. She has lived in New York and England, and spends her summers in a cottage by a Canadian lake. She has two grown daughters and lives outside her native Nashville with her husband and rescued maybe-Maltipoo, Pippin. She is busy writing her next novel, Bees in June, a story about the mystical power of bees. Elizabeth’s website is and can be found on Instagram at @elizabethbassparman. The Empress of Cooke County is her debut novel.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215

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The Empress of Cooke County By Elizabeth Bass Parman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400342594
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Muse - September 3rd, 2024