Shotgun Lovesongs (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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Little Wing, Wisconsin is the quintessential small Midwestern town, and Butler drops the reader right into it with finesse. The story follows five friends who gather for a wedding about ten years after graduating from high school. There is Hank, the farmer who has stayed in town; Kip, the entrepreneur; Lee, the indie rock star; Ronny the has-been rodeo rider; and Beth, who has married Hank. Secrets that are of long standing are revealed, and friendships and loyalties are tested, as each character recalls the past and worries about the future. This nostalgic look at a particular time is a treat to digest. At the conclusion, you realize that the town has become one of the characters and is lovingly rendered. Don't let the title dissuade you from this pleasure!

— Edie

March 2014 Indie Next List


“This is a spectacular first novel, full of wit, energy, love, and a true feeling of home that other writers strive to achieve but few actually succeed in creating. It's the story of four men and a woman tied by their youth in a small town in Wisconsin. Their lives change over the years - one becomes a farmer, one an indie rock star, one a not-so-successful businessman, and one an ex-rodeo rider - but they all cling to that notion of home and small-town America, even as that dream is drying up and blowing away on the wind. Like Richard Russo, Jonathan Tropper, and Larry McMurtry, Butler knows exactly what is happening inside men's heads and he knows how to express their feelings without ever becoming maudlin. Every note rings true. I cannot wait to see what he writes next!”
— Bill Carl, The Booksellers on Fountain Square, Cincinnati, OH

Product Details
ISBN: 9781427243416
ISBN-10: 1427243417
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Language: English