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“You won’t simply read The Empress of Cooke County, you will fall into a world we all long for: sizzling small-town life in the American South with its secret history, vivid characters, and juicy dramas.” 

-Adriana Trigiani 

New York Times Bestselling Author of The Good Left Undone

“Funny, fast-moving, suspenseful, with unforgettable and deeply-drawn characters, The Empress of Cooke County will rivet readers.” 

-Lee Smith

 New York Times Bestselling Author

“Get ready to laugh! Elizabeth Bass Parman is a true Southern storyteller. I couldn’t have loved The Empress of Cooke County more.” 

-Fannie Flagg

 New York Times Bestselling Author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe



the Empress of Cooke County

Elizabeth Bass Parman

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Elizabeth Bass Parman

Elizabeth is a native Nashvillian, who had the extraordinarily good fortune of having as an English teacher in middle school author Lee Smith. Lee told Elizabeth to always keep writing, which she has joyfully done.


She received her Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Hamilton College in upstate New York after spending a glorious Junior year in Canterbury, England, attending the University of Kent. She visited a dozen countries during her time there, much to the detriment of her GPA. As an Anglophile, one of the highlights of her travels was finding herself in a tiny museum in Wales, alone with Princess Diana’s wedding dress. 


After a year working in Manhattan, she returned to Nashville and married her high school sweetheart. They have now-grown identical twin daughters and a rescued maybe-Maltipoo, Pippin (named after the first play Elizabeth saw in New York). 


She holds a Master’s degree in education from Belmont University in Nashville, and recently retired from a non-profit, working with children and adults with reading-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. 

Elizabeth is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association and the Nashville Writers Alliance.

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