Michael Amos Cody

Michael Amos Cody is a professor in the Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. After working as a songwriter in Nashville, he earned his PhD in English from the University of South Carolina. His short fiction has appeared in The Tampa Review, Yemassee, and other publications, and his albums include Homecoming and Wonderful Life. Gabriel’s Songbook is his first novel.

A living portrait of the artist as a wayward musician, Gabriel’s Songbook is the story of a musician whose talent carries him from the hills of Appalachia to the grime and glamour of Nashville and back home again. Gritty and lyrical, rock ’n’ roll and old-time country, the book transports the reader deep into that age-old dream of making the big time, and shows us the beauty and pathos that lurks underneath.

It is described by other writers in glowing terms:

What a wonderful book! Artistic ambition, first love, small-town Appalachian life, the image-obsessed machinations of the Nashville music industry: all ring so authentic, so true. Michael Amos Cody’s first novel is gripping, poignant, and unforgettable.
—Jeff Mann, author of Country

I came to care for these characters so much I wished I could step into the book and warn Gabriel and Eliza of the perils ahead of them… Gabriel’s Songbook resonates like a great ballad, a song of love and struggle that keeps chiming in the ears long after the final note is played.
—Jesse Graves, author of Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine and Basin Ghosts

Behind the glaring lights of Nashville, the late nights, seedy managers and bad deals, is a beautiful tale of redemption and a love story that will stick with you long after the novel is finished. Cody is not just a wonderful writer but a top-notch musician and songwriter as well… This is the best novel of the music business I’ve come across in a very long time.
—Mark D. Baumgartner, Editor, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature

[T]his is a book that strives after Hemingway’s maxim to write one true sentence, and Michael Amos Cody does that without fail. Gabriel’s Songbook is a novel full of heart and longing, and it deserves its distinguished place on the shelf with some of the best stories of the region.
—Charles Dodd White, author of A Shelter of Others and Lambs of Men