Now all four are home, in hopes of finding what could be real purchase in the world. The result is a shared memory only half-recreated, riddled with culture clashes between people who desperately wish to see themselves as the unified tribe they remember, but are confronted with how things have, in fact, changed.
There is conflict here between longtime buddies, between husbands and wives—told with writing that is, frankly, gut-wrenching, and even heartbreaking. But there is also hope, healing, and at times, even heroism. It is strong, American stuff, not at all afraid of showing that we can be good, too—not just fallible and compromising. Shotgun Lovesongs is a remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again—and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.
Hardcover, 320 pagesExpected publication: March 11th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Adult fiction
* I received an advanced readers copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*
Shotgun Lovesongs is an honest story of life long friends from small town America where the setting is just as much a character as the people. Each chapter alternates between the key players and tells the story of present and past. Throughout the pages you can truly feel the friendship, love and loyalty of all these characters who's lives have taken dramatically different routes. The characters are so well developed that by the time you finish the book you feel like you really know them. The multiple points of view along with the stories of past and present are key in understanding each character.
The story is not action packed but filled with real life drama minus modern technology. Friendships are put to the test by fame, distance, illness, money, love and lies. Butler pens each character with such vulnerability that it is almost impossible not to like them. In short the story is about friendship standing the test of time and the things that make or break this life long bond.
I really enjoyed it and loved the final sentences at the very end!
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