Shotgun Lovesongs

Butler, Nickolas

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Shotgun Lovesongs
"Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the same Wisconsin town--Little Wing--and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. One of them never left, still farming the family's land that's been tilled for generations. Others did leave, went farther afield to make good, with varying degrees of success; as a rock star, commodities trader, rodeo stud. And seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them--both then and now--fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of lovesongs and rivalries. Now all four are home, in hopes of finding what could be real purchase in the world. The result is a shared memory only half-recreated, riddled with culture clashes between people who desperately wish to see themselves as the unified tribe they remember, but are confronted with how things have, in fact, changed. There is conflict here between longtime buddies, between husbands and wives--told with writing that is, frankly, gut-wrenching, and even heartbreaking. But there is also hope, healing, and at times, even heroism. It is strong, American stuff, not at all afraid of showing that we can be good, too--not just fallible and compromising. Shotgun Lovesongs is a remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again--and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires"--

Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press,, 2014.
ISBN: 1250039819
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,25 cm


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Feb 12, 2015
  • kathylou rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

a pleasure to read and visit this little slice of the midwest.

Dec 12, 2014
  • Ravenpicks13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book really explores men's feelings. It is a sweet book of friendship in a small town. The town of Little Wing, and the people who live there really comes to life. A nice book that really reflects on the lives of a group of friends, and the small town they grew up in.

Oct 14, 2014
  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Covers the lives of a group of friends from small town America. All lead different lives but are still very connected. It follows their hardships and their joy and the need for people who truely understand you. A lovely read. Just remember that the initial at the top of each chapter indicated who you are reading about. This could have been made clearer.

Sep 03, 2014
  • rdw39 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about the four male friends. It really registers a reality about men who grow up together & go their separate ways. The author does a fine job of bringing realism to their lives as they fight, leave town, reunite, have difficult personal lives, but still are able to maintain the long term friendships. Although this is a novel for men, I believe women would also enjoy it.

Jun 11, 2014
  • moncheechee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! Such incredible imagery in his words. Each time I picked it up, I felt like I was right back in Little Wing.
Read this book.. keep passing it on to others. It's one not to be missed, especially if you are from a small Midwest town. It feels like going home!

Jun 07, 2014

I want to move to their town!

Apr 09, 2014
  • nionoff rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An outstanding first novel by Butler. A story of a group of childhood friends facing the challenges of adulthood. Author captures the feel of small town America and makes the characters so real that you don't want to see the book end. One of the best I've read this year.


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