"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 friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it 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 stresses—among 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 book—a novel that once read will never be forgotten.
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Like an overdue visit with friends
I enjoyed this book a great deal. At least until I got to the non-ending, that is. Anyway, the characters well well drawn. Everyone had flaws, as we all do. The town felt like true small town Americana.
Only reason it is not 5 stars is that it is not an immediate classic. Didn’t see any other books by Butler and if this is his first its a great start. Butler did a good job of keeping the characters truly real. The drama was like real person drama and not an over dramatic situation put in a real life scenario. Would like to see where Butler goes from here. Keep on keeping it real man! I’d like to see a book on Lonny’s life before and up to the accident.
Very enjoyable. Fell for the characters. Loved it.