Friendship. So many things could have spoiled Nickolas Butler’s debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, and I think he avoided all of them. Four friends who grew up together in the small Wisconsin town of Little Wing are now in their thirties and have returned. Butler draws each character fully enough so readers can see their individual personalities and complexity. There’s a sense of place that Butler creates with descriptive prose that avoids nostalgia and comes across as reality. The dialogue and plot worked well to present an engaging story that kept me interested and entertained throughout.
Rating: Five-star (I love it)
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