Shotgun Lovesongs

Shotgun Lovesongs

Book - 2014
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781250039811
Branch Call Number: BUTLER N
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 25 cm.


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HCL_staff_reviews Dec 21, 2018

Butler's debut novel follows the adult lives of four men who grew up together in rural Wisconsin. There is heartbreak, but also hope, healing, and even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love. — Susan L., Hopkins Library

Jan 25, 2016

An easy read about 4 men and a girl who all grew up in a tiny town in Wisconsin. It is a story about true friendship that might last forever but for the one thing that could also tear it apart. It's a love story too and evokes a feeling that I might have known each of the characters, or at least I understood them and their motivation.

coroboreefarm Jun 09, 2015

Four male friends and the woman whose life is entwined with theirs, share the narrative in this memorable, debut novel about life in a small American Midwest town, Little Wing, Wisconsin. Friendship, loyalty, conflict, hardship and triumph are described here in precise and evocative language that bring to life images that last long after the book is finished.

modboi5 Apr 28, 2015

A clichéd look @ the lives of 5 lifelong friends from Little Wing Wisconsin, Nick Buler's novel is based on people in true life. That said, there is nothing imaginative or new here - no surprises & nothing to quicken the pulse. A quick read, but I came away uninspired, bored, & unchanged.

Feb 12, 2015

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

Dec 12, 2014

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

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.

Oct 03, 2014


Sep 03, 2014

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

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!

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