Shotgun Lovesongs (2013) is the debut novel of Nickolas Butler. Set in the uncompromising American Midwest, it is a story about four men and one woman who grow up, grow apart, and then return home. “You can’t go home again” is true on one level. On another, it takes courage to return and face your past, and character to accept the changes you find and live with them, making changes of your own.
Peter Geye wrote this review for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
“We all have them, right? Those songs that indelibly mark the milestones in our lives? Songs that stir up our deepest feelings and remind us of who we are: the anthems of our youth, our wedding songs, the old classics that are as much a part of our lives as our feet beneath us. It’s what makes music so powerful, the head and the heart and the gut all working in concert.
Only the best, most emotionally resonant novels work in the same way. Nickolas Butler’s ‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ is one of those novels. In prose that is as plain-spoken and honest as a Midwestern farmer, he tells the story of five friends and lovers in the fictional Little Wing, Wis.”
This story will appeal to a wide audience.