Reviews & Comments:

Since The Year the Music Changed was launched in September 2005 at the Center for Southern Literature's Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta, author Diane Thomas has made more than 40 appearances on its behalf, including invited presentations at the Southern Festival of Books, the Southeastern Book Association, the Decatur (Georgia) Book Festival, and at Graceland on the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. Following are excerpts from reviews of The Year the Music Changed, which was named a Booksense Notable Book for September 2005.

  • Library Journal (*Starred review*) – "Touching, funny and tender. Highly recommended."
  • Publishers Weekly – "Warm, lively and immensely readable."
  • Kirkus Reviews – "Sweet and gripping. . . . A touching coming-of-age tale, deepened rather than cheapened by the heroine's connection to The King."
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution – "May engrave itself into the memories of more readers than To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . The most satisfying novel I've read in many years."
  • Raleigh News-Observer – "A nearly impossible feat of the creative imagination."
  • The Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch — "Does the world need another book about Elvis? Maybe so, if it's as good as The Year the Music Changed. . . .Thomas pulls off the novel with panache."
  • "Tragic and beautiful, . . . I could talk to you for three or four hours about this book, because it's such a powerful story." — John Siegenthaler, host of "The Word on Words," Nashville Public Television
  • Charleston, S.C.] Post and Courier—"When McEachern writes of her oppressive, claustrophobic home life or we see Presley's goofy, big-kid joy at the purchase of a tricked-out Cadillac, those moments ring absolutely true."
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – "Thomas . . . has taken the icon and made him real."
  • Nashville Scene – "You can't help falling in love with this heart-thawing epistolary novel."
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta – "Thomas nicely balances the electrifying naivete of the dreams of gifted youth with the inevitability that their actual accomplishment will fall short."