Shotgun Lovesongs (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Shotgun Lovesongs (Large Print / Hardcover)

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I love debut authors because I want to hear the new voices and find the
rock stars before they even play their first real gig. Which is why I
am so excited about this book—Nickolas Butler is going to be one of
those rock stars. This book is about a group of friends, ten or so
years after they graduated from high school. There is literally a rock
star in the bunch, as well as a famous rodeo guy who got hit by one too
many bulls (and bottles), a married couple with small children and a big
farm to worry about, and a wheeler-dealer commoditiest guy who is
collapsing under the weight of his facade. They are closer than close,
yet everyone has a secret side that the others don't know about.  All of
them feel lonely in some way, and yet they know that they all can rely
on the others. I fell in love with every one of them. I didn't want
the book to end—I wanted to go to dinner with them, or go dancing with
the whole town down at the mill. But mostly, I want this new writer to
keep writing. And I want you all to read this first one—I'm betting
you'll be just as hungry as I am for more." ~Jackie 

— Jackie reads & reviews so many books it'll make your head spin—one of TC's most valuable assets.

This is about a group of friends who have known each other since high
school, and who return to their Wisconsin hometown of Little Wing from
far-flung locales, to ground themselves and assess their lives thus far.
They are musicians, rodeo riders, best friends, drunkards, entrepreneurs, and childhood sweethearts. A sort of “Big Chill”
gathering for this decade, these people could portray anyone’shometown
relationships – the current interests,the past hook-ups and old loves,
all interwovenamong these Midwestern lives. And that is the
beauty of Butler’s writing -- that his characters represent not just the
collective hope of America, but the purest voice of any one of us,
holding our note solid and clear. ~Judy S.

— Judy S. is the pilot of our Espresso Book Machine & an occasional book blogger

NICKOLAS BUTLER was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His writings have appeared in "Narrative Magazine," "Ploughshares," "The Kenyon Review Online," "The Progressive," "The Christian Science Monitor," and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.

Product Details ISBN: 9781410470416
ISBN-10: 1410470415
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2014
Pages: 463
Language: English