Shotgun Lovesongs

3.77 based on 9569 ratings & 1577 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 07.05.2015
ISBN: 9781509801756
Number of pages: 320

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

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
What a cracking book. Full of heart, full of compassion, full of characters who have you rooting for them from the very first page. Butler's sense of place is so strong that, reading Shotgun Lovesongs, I became a temporary resident of small-town Wisconsin - and once I'd finished it, I wanted to go right back there.
Jubilee
A big-hearted take on a small-town life from a new voice in American fiction . . . Gorgeous, unforgettable novel.
Marie Claire