Nickolas Butler's debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, follows five life-long friends, now in their mid-thirties, as they contemplate the road their lives have taken and where that path is likely to lead them in the future. The story revolves around the relationships these individuals have formed with each other and with their community, as all are drawn back home, unable to truly escape the pull of their small Midwestern town and each other. Each character narrates several chapters, sometimes relaying current events but more frequently ruminating on past experiences that have led to a specific point in life; through their stories readers learn of their loves, hopes, dreams, disappointments and secrets.
The highlight of the novel is the author's brilliant artistry in completely capturing the transition common to most people: that point when an adult loses the idealism of youth (when ...
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