Shotgun Lovesongs (Large Print / Hardcover)
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
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.