Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"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 friendsall born and raised in this small Wisconsin townit 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 stressesamong 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 booka novel that once read will never be forgotten.

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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.

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Publisher
Macmillan
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Published on
Mar 11, 2014
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781466840799
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
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“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
Fire venner mødes igen i deres lille hjemby. Hank bor stadig på hjemegnen og er gift med den smukke Beth. Leland tilbringer det meste af sit liv på turné som feteret rockstjerne. Ronny er endt som falleret og invalideret rodeohelt, og Kip, forretningsmanden blandt dem, skal giftes og har nu inviteret til et storslået bryllup. De fire venner lever vidt forskellige liv, men alle længes de efter den nærhed, der engang forbandt dem. I løbet af de uger, hvor de igen er sammen, genfinder de venskabets dybe bånd og genoplever deres fælles fortid, men også en rivaliseren og jalousi – som viser sig at have Beth som det betagende midtpunkt. 'Shotgun Lovesongs' er en stor saga, om venskab og kærlighed, hjemstavn og drømme – kraftfuld, smuk og uafrystelig.

Nickolas Butler er vokset op i Wisconsin og har gået i skole med Bon Ivers frontmand, Justin Vernon, som danner forlæg for Leland i bogen.

‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ er titlen på det album, som indierockeren Leland brager gennem den internationale lydmur med. Han indspillede det en vinter, i et gammelt hønsehus. En vinter, hvor han ensom og forvirret var søgt tilbage til sin hjemby, Little Wing, i Wisconsin. Albummet ændrer hans liv – han er verdensstjerne i den helt tunge liga nu, og han har friet til den smukke filmskuespiller Chloe.

Hjemme i Little Wing er Leland sammen med sine bedste venner. Henry bor stadig på hjemegnen og kæmper for at leve af sit landbrug sammen med ungdomskæresten Beth. Ronny er endt som invalideret rodeohelt, og Kip, forretningsmanden blandt dem, skal giftes og har inviteret til storslået bryllup.

Vennerne lever med drømmen om at være så tætte, som de altid har været. Men ungdommens ukomplicerede venskab udfordres af svigt, jalousi og ærgerrighed. Nu skal de slås for at nå hinanden igen, og spørgsmålet er, om de kan – for kan du tilgive, at din kammerat har solgt dig til sladderpressen, eller at din bedste ven har gjort det eneste, en bedste ven ikke må gøre?

‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ er en stor fortælling om venskab og kærlighed, hjemstavn og drømme – varm, morsom og kraftfuld.

”Om venskabets magnetiske sug … Imponerende original.”
The New York Times

En bog der giver dig lyst til at ringe til gamle venner. En forfatter som får dig til at føle dig mere menneskelig, end du troede muligt.”
Matthew Quick, forfatter til The Silver Linings Playbook

”Nickolas Butler rev mit hjerte ud med sin sjældne ærlighed og gammeldags forestilling om kærlighed, som der ikke skal undskyldes for. En bog der giver dig lyst til at ringe til gamle venner. En forfatter som får dig til at føle dig mere menneskelig, end du troede muligt.”
Matthew Quick, forfatter til The Silver Linings Playbook

”’Shotgun Lovesongs’ kryber langsomt ind under huden på dig og fletter sig ind i dine tanker … En smukt skrevet, gavmild hyldest til den vedvarende kraft i forskellige former for kærlighed.”
The Independent

”De mest lyriske passager i denne generøse bog handler om, hvordan alle personerne – også rockstjernen – næsten fysisk trækkes mod deres hjemby og hinanden … Imponerende original.”
The New York Times

”I sandhed bemærkelsesværdig … en roman, du aldrig glemmer, når først du har læst den.”
The New Yorker

”En af den slags bøger, der giver os troen på menneskeheden tilbage.”
Toronto Star

"Der findes bøger, som efterlader læseren med en speciel følelse, der varer i flere uger og måneder. Nickolas Butler har skrevet sådan en bog – den rummer hele livet.”
Norddeutscher Rundfunk Kultur

"Denne roman er utvivlsomt et højdepunkt i årets læsning. Det er længe siden jeg har haft en så varm og imponerende bog i hænderne."
Die Zeit

”At læse Shotgun Lovesongs er underholdende og tankevækkende. Gode venskaber er livsvigtige og gør livet værd at leve." *****
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