Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

by Nickolas Butler
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Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel by Nickolas Butler

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"Impressively original." —The New York Times

"Sparkles in every way. A love letter to the open lonely American heartland…A must-read." —People

"The kind of book that restores your faith in humanity." —Toronto Star

Welcome to Little Wing.

It's a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friendsall born and raised in this small Wisconsin townit is home. And now they are men, coming into their own or struggling to do so.

One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there's Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

Now all four are brought together for a wedding. Little Wing seems even smaller than before. While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stressesamong the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.

Seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed. Though the town may have changed, the one thing that hasn't is the beauty of the Wisconsin farmland, the lure of which, in Nickolas Butler's hands, emerges as a vibrant character in the story. Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition. It is, in short, a truly remarkable booka novel that once read will never be forgotten.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466840799
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 46,739
File size: 958 KB

About the Author

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.


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 Writer’s Workshop, he currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children. Shotgun Lovesongs is his first novel.

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Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
anita60 More than 1 year ago
Living in the neighboring state to where this book takes place, I thought I would read this. I am glad I did. This is a story about a group of friends who grew up together and remained in the same small town. Some through career choices went to far away places, while others remained on the farm, so to speak. With chapters containing narratives by each character, the story gives a fresh perspective from everyone's point of view. You grow to care for each of them as their character develops and they grow and learn from life's choices and experiences. With the book taking place in Wisconsin, of course there hast to be plenty of talk about copious amounts of alcohol and miserable winters. Overall, this is a story about the true meaning of friendship, community, and what is important in life. I am waiting for your next book Mr. Butler!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters' lives and loves intertwine with their small hometown rural upper midwest setting, which becomes the glue that binds the story together. Although focused on the men and their coming of age through their twenties and thirties, it is really their struggles to find meaning and love with women, particularly Beth, that drive the tale for me. The narrow focus of telling the story from the viewpoint of the main characters gives focus and paints a unique context about growing up in an area that is rich for fiction and too often ignored. As a small town girl myself-- who continues returning and identifying with friends and place after several decades-- I really found it a great easy read. Grand fiction? No. But a simple tale told exceptionally well by a gifted new writer who gives voice to a place he obviously appreciates for all it offers. I stayed up half the night to finish it and hated to let go. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just never want to leave this book and these characters.....ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel felt ike your own hometown sickness. The immediate urge to rekindle old, once irreplacable friendships or visit home hits hard as you move through the chapters. Each character is lovely and individual, and feel as familiar as your own circle of loved ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely book.
michelle524 More than 1 year ago
there are 4 reviews here and only 1 pertains to this book - that's strange. i thought this was a beautifully written book with interesting characters that as a reader i became invested in. i think the story dragged a little towards the end but the way the author really brings to live these characters and small town was just so enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book. You really get involved with the character's lives. Nickolas Butler is such a great writer and really knows how to tell a story. A rare story where you can't wait to read what's next. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The great American novel that transcends location, this book is a testament to male friendship, marriages, and small towns. If you're looking for something beyond the by-the-numbers thriller or mystery, this book is the one to pick up. You won't regret it. --LOC
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OWL39 More than 1 year ago
This book is somewhat unique in its method of telling the story of a number of close friends in a very small country town. The author was able to tell the story through the viewpoint each of the 'cast' without very much overlap in the story as a whole. This book was very well done and realatively easy to read. I enjoyed it very much.
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Loved this small town book! When this wonderful book ended, I instantly missed the characters. The audio is perfection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just "ok"
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TREBORNOSNHOJ More than 1 year ago
An intriguing look at a group of friends in Wisconsin who illustrate to the reader an insight not usually found in a novel. I'm not sure as a male over 65, that I was in the target demographic, but I found it enjoyable and recommend it.
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anonomas More than 1 year ago
Very different, but very good!
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, beautifully written! Highly recommend!