Shotgun Lovesongs

3.78 based on 9887 ratings & 1619 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 13.03.2014
ISBN: 9781447238171
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

Henry, Lee, Kip and Ronny grew up together in rural Wisconsin. Friends since childhood, their lives all began the same way, but have since taken different paths. Henry stayed on the family farm and married his first love, whilst the others left in search of something more. Ronnie became a rodeo star, Kip made his fortune in the city, and musician Lee found fame – but heartbreak, too.

Now all four are back in town for a wedding, each of them hoping to recapture their old closeness but unable to escape how much has changed. Amid the happiness of reunion and celebration, old rivalries resurface and a wife’s secret threatens to tear both a marriage and a friendship apart . . .

This is a novel about the things that matter – love and loyalty, the power of music and the beauty of nature – told in a uniquely beautiful, warm-hearted and profound way and exploring the age-old question of whether we can ever truly come home.

In the media

Impressive American debut
Huffington Post
Nickolas Butler has written a novel to fall in love with: a paean to the American Midwest that explores the shifting relationships between old friends and the bonds between people and places. One of a group of boyhood friends has made it good as a famous rock star; others haven't. From that simple premise an addictive, deeply enjoyable literary page-turner is born.
Joy
Nickolas Butler's Shotgun Lovesongs explores the complex relationship between four old friends in a poetic novel that pays tribute to the power of music and nature.
Daily Express