It was where his heart was broken.
That was me, within four pages of the beginning of “Shotgun Lovesongs.”
If you’re Of a Certain Age, you will be, too, because author Nikolas Butler wraps his story around the universal experiences of nearly every small-town teen: pilfered pilsners drunk by headlight in a cornfield; hanging out somewhere you think is unknown to everybody else; realizing that your neighbors gossip about you; keeping friends you’ve had since kindergarten. It’s a familiar feeling: we somehow know the businesses Butler writes about. We know his characters – or at least someone very much like them – and that gives readers a comfortable sense of home on every page.
This is one of those books you step into, but never want to leave. It’s got a great keep-you-guessing plot, a satisfying cast, and an easy touch to it. And if that’s what you need, then isn’t reading “Shotgun Lovesongs” a good idea?
— Daily News