Sunday, June 22, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? SHOTGUN LOVESONGS: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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SHOTGUN LOVESONGS
BY NICKOLAS BUTLER
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
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—between 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 audiobook—a novel that once listened to will never be forgotten.

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 Writer’s Workshop, he currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler is what might be looked at as a simple story about five friends. However, with Butler’s amazingly creative images, these characters come to life to tell a tale that will capture the reader’s attention and not let go until the end. 

The rural area of Wisconsin is the setting that Nickolas Butler has chosen for SHOTGUN LOVESONGS and his descriptive talent allows readers to know this land as they read without ever having to have visited there. 

Told in alternating chapters by the five characters, the story unfolds to give life to Hank, Beth, Lee, Kip, and Ronny. Hank, whose wife is Beth, has inherited the farm they live on. Kip’s career is quite opposite as he is a successful broker while Kip, a music artist of international fame. Ronny is an injured rodeo star whose story I think was my favorite. All very different and as we meet and learn more about each of them, we come to realize the depth of each personality. Each character reveals themselves through their part of the story and when Butler merges them all together, the result is satisfying and rewarding. I especially enjoyed listening to SHOTGUN LOVESONGS on audio book, as it just seemed to give even more depth and feeling to what is truly a very special novel. 
GIVEAWAY

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91 comments:

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I must say this one sounds like interesting read into nostalgia. I also love the cover of this audio it brings back memories of distant past. I know I am telling my age, but I've given up trying to hide it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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