Shotgun Lovesongs



➮ [Ebook] ➩ Shotgun Lovesongs By Nickolas Butler ➺ – E17streets4all.co.uk Impressively original The New York Times Welcome to Little Wing It s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really But for four friends all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town it i Impressively original The New York Times Welcome to Little Wing It s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really But for four friends all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town it is home And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star And then there s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives Now all four are brought together for a wedding Little Wing seems even smaller than before While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stresses between the friends, between husbands and wives There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love Seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed Though the town may have changed, the one thing that hasn t is the beauty of the Wisconsin farmland, the lure of which, in Nickolas Butler s hands, emerges as a vibrant character in the story Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition It is, in short, a truly remarkable book a novel that once read will never be forgotten.Shotgun Lovesongs

Nickolas Butler is the author of the novel Shotgun Lovesongs and a collection of short stories entitled, Beneath the BonfireBorn in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, he was educated at the University of Wisconsin Madison and the University of Iowa Writer s Workshop His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Christian Science Monitor, The Kenyon Review Online, Narrative, The Progressive, and many other publicationsAlong the way he has worked as a meatpacker, a Burger King maintenance man, a liquor store clerk, a coffee roaster, an office manager, an author escort, an inn keeper twice , and several other odd vocationsHe presently lives on acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm He is married with two children.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader their lives Now all four are brought together for a wedding Little Wing seems even smaller than before While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stresses between the friends, between husbands and wives There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love Seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed Though the town may have changed, the one thing that hasn t is the beauty of the Wisconsin farmland, the lure of which, in Nickolas Butler s hands, emerges as a vibrant character in the story Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition It is, in short, a truly remarkable book a novel that once read will never be forgotten."/>
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Shotgun Lovesongs
  • Nickolas Butler
  • English
  • 09 April 2017
  • 1250039827

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  1. says:

    My mini review 2.5 stars, rounded upThis is the male version of chick lit dude lit The book follows a group of childhood friends from their high school years through adulthood in a small town in America s heartland.It was well written from a technical standpoint but I found myself bored, wanting to hurry the story along, and considering abandoning it Not much happens and I grew weary of the purple prose, in particular, Leland s flowery and heartsick musings It didn t ring true to me and m My mini review 2.5 stars, rounded upThis is the male version of chick lit dude lit The book follows a group of childhood friends from their high school years through adulthood in a small town in America s heartland.It was well written from a technical standpoint but I found myself bored, wanting to hurry the story along, and considering abandoning it Not much happens and I grew weary of the purple prose, in particular, Leland s flowery and heartsick musings It didn t ring true to me and my eyes got a work out from all the eye rolling.The lead singer of Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, was the inspiration for one of the main characters, but it s not a group I m familiar with so maybe that affected my impressions In the end, this just wasn t the book for me

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    As a reader, I m drawn to books written in Butler s style plain spoken language, characters who aren t overly complicated yet still complex enough to be believable , and a setting so true it becomes an integral element to the plot In the hands of a writer like Butler, an author who s clearly put the time and effort into making the story one with great flow, these elements have aligned in such a way to elevate Shotgun Lovesongs to the five stars, favorites shelf at least, for me anyway.On m As a reader, I m drawn to books written in Butler s style plain spoken language, characters who aren t overly complicated yet still complex enough to be believable , and a setting so true it becomes an integral element to the plot In the hands of a writer like Butler, an author who s clearly put the time and effort into making the story one with great flow, these elements have aligned in such a way to elevate Shotgun Lovesongs to the five stars, favorites shelf at least, for me anyway.On my end, I suppose Butler gets extra bonus points because he is a Midwesterner too someone who also takes PRIDE in that fact, I might add , and because, a few years into my 30s myself, I felt a kinship with these characters in a way I probably wouldn t have at 23 or even 25 And I ll admit, it probably also stoked my love a bit at the very least, it first piqued my interest this whole Justin Vernon Bon Iver angle of the book that now everyone can t stop talking about But for ALL these reasons and , I m confident Shotgun will wind up my favorite read of 2014 A book that, as a writer, I expect to keep thinking about for much of the rest of the year too For the sake of record keeping, in 2013 that title for me went to Meg Wolitzer s The Interestings 2012 I didn t exactly have one Fault in Our Stars perhaps and 2011 was Chad Harbach s Art of Fielding There s plenty that s been written already about the plot of this book five 30 somethings in a small town in Wisconsin, all trying to find their way in life while figuring out the challenges that accompany it loyalties, friendships, relationships, finances, a sense of belonging The most notable of the group is Lee, who s struck it big as an indie musician here s where that Justin Vernon comparison comes in, Butler being from the same town as the Bon Iver frontman , but the characters who ground the entire book and the ones whose chapters I eagerly awaited most were Henry and Beth, the married couple of the book, good ol salt of the earth people tied to their family farm, struggling to stay afloat, but content in so many ways I saw in them traits of many of the people I grew up with in my small hometown in Indiana You know a book is good when you don t want to quit its characters, when they stay with you even off the page, and it seems like, once or twice a year, I experience that with a title I certainly did with Shotgun And while occasionally I found Butler to want to overwrite a scene, the instances were seldom enough and stopped just short of trying too hard for it to really bother me Especially when there were so many other wonderful lines to treasure Here are a few still on my mind a few weeks after reading Maybe it s a good thing, from time to time, to spy on other people s lives For me, anyway, it has the effect of making my own life feel like a well loved thing I loved this scene of Henry and Beth in a taxi, as throw away as it may seemchiefly because I m always a little in awe of an author who captures a moment in words something I ve experienced before that no one else has ever attempted to put down on the page He looked down at me, his chin compressing itself, the type of angle you only see on the face of a person you love his nose hairs, the crow s feet about his eyes, his hairline, gently receding I pulled his face down to me, and we kissed It s a funny thing, being married to someone for so long, being someone s best friend for so long Because on those few occasions when they surprise you, it feels like the biggest thing in the world, like a crack in the sky, like the moon, suddenly rising over the horizon twenty times bigger than the last time you looked such a BEAUTIFUL line and so poignantly true America, I think ,is about poor people playing music and poor people sharing food and poor people dancing, even when everything else in their lives is desperate, and so dismal that it doesn t seem that there should be any room for any music, any extra food, or any extra energy for dancing Related With the book being so new, after finishing, I hopped online to read a few reviews and was lucky enough to catch Butler in a live QA When I asked about the status of the book being turned into a film Fox Searchlight is working on the script , I brought up actors for characters and suggested that Ryan Gosling would make one hell of an awesome Lee He agreed, but mentioned that the Hollywood types thought Justin Timberlake I knew I already liked the guy, but when he wrote, This made me cringe a little in my soul , I laughed out loud YES God, PLEASE don t let JT The Serious Actor get his hands on that role Where do I start the campaign for The Gos as for the others, I m still playing casting director in my mind

  3. says:

    My first 5 star novel of 2019.This book was exquisite Well rounded, highly developed characters Exploring the depths of friendships, home, family, forgiveness, and our place in the world, this novel was a stand out I think it would be appreciated by those who have enjoyed Anna Quindlen and Elizabeth Strout s work.

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    Shotgun Lovesongs By Nickolas ButlerAn Eau Claire author where I m from has hit the BIG time We re talking huge here people Author Nickolas Butler was fought over by high brow publishing houses and walked away with an amazing contract Movie rights are sold as well Why Because his debut novel hits home hits you where you live Breaks your heart You want to read it now, don t you You will The premise is simple and timeless and very Big Chill like, ask your mom what is refreshing Shotgun Lovesongs By Nickolas ButlerAn Eau Claire author where I m from has hit the BIG time We re talking huge here people Author Nickolas Butler was fought over by high brow publishing houses and walked away with an amazing contract Movie rights are sold as well Why Because his debut novel hits home hits you where you live Breaks your heart You want to read it now, don t you You will The premise is simple and timeless and very Big Chill like, ask your mom what is refreshing is that it takes place here Somewhere very close to here and I really liked that The small town appeal was refreshing The all so familiar empty store fronts, farmers fighting to stay ahead, VFW s, and a lot of churches I sat up straight when I read this novel and took pride in the knowledge that this is where I am This is everyone s story Yours Mine The writing is often timeslike poetry It flows like our hills and valleys It will pull you in and make you see things in a different light, an amber one Author Butler is an observer of life and love and heartbreak and joy and sorrow and holding hands and holding on He gets us Here, I can hear things, the world throbs differently, silence thrums like a chord strummed eons ago, music in the aspen trees and in the firs and burr oaks and even in the fields of dying corn The story is about four male friends that come home to Little Wing, a small Wisconsin town of around 1,000 somewhere near Eau Claire, for a wedding One is famous, one damaged from too many rodeo falls, one is a farmer and one is just plain rich Buddies since childhood with all the history of growing up Yet a storm is about to blast their friendship wide open and change them all A secret that should have stayed just that, lands in Little Wing like the bomb it was This turning point is where the idyllic Little Wing becomes something else altogether Beside the four friends this story is built around, there s a fifth, a wife of one and a lover of another Beth And then, one day, you just fall off the planet and drift away, into outer space, and everything you thought was true, all the laws that bound your life before, all the rules and norms that kept things in place, that kept you in place, they re gone And nothing makes sense any Gravity is gone Love is gone Love That s what s underneath this story, underneath everything that matters, when you think about it It s what endures after everything else That s what this story will remind you of Though the ending seemed rushed, as though a deadline was tapping a foot in some New York publishing house, it got you there You were returned to the beginning again Life is like that, a big circle, a long ride home

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    This is apparently a novel about the musician who is known as Bon Iver I ve heard a few songs by Bon Iver before, but I know very little about him yeah I know he has a real name, and maybe Bon Iver is the name of the whole project I m not a fan I m probably not the intended audience for this book If I were a fan, or even mildly interested in Bon Iver I d probably find the book interesting despite it s flaws Where to start this review The novel takes place in a small Wisconsin town, the ho This is apparently a novel about the musician who is known as Bon Iver I ve heard a few songs by Bon Iver before, but I know very little about him yeah I know he has a real name, and maybe Bon Iver is the name of the whole project I m not a fan I m probably not the intended audience for this book If I were a fan, or even mildly interested in Bon Iver I d probably find the book interesting despite it s flaws Where to start this review The novel takes place in a small Wisconsin town, the hometown of the musician at the center of the story It s the town he grew up in and returned to in a low point of his life, after some bands he had been trying to get going had failed and then in the winter isolation recorded an album in seclusion An album that would make him a star.The novel takes place after he s a star and is told from the viewpoint of him, his best friend, his best friend s wife, his brain damaged ex rodeo friend and his ex commodity trader friend Five different viewpoints tell the story of living in this small town, each character in their thirties and living their adult lives that have left some in the small town Taken others away But in one way of another brought them back to the town Problem one The voices of these five different narrators aren t all that different from one another they all actually kind of sound alike Problem two The story is fairly predictable The characters while possibly based on real people they feel like stock characters The farmer best friend is the good guy, the all around good guy The brain damaged friend is the man with the heart of gold The musician is the overly sincere artist, who maybe does a few things that flirts with the excess of celebrity culture but is really just a country boy who only feels at home and honest in his hometown, maybe splitting some wood or just aimlessly driving his John Deere around, while wearing his Red Wings and Carhartts, and waving to his buddy in the Wranglers while his other buddy uses his Craftsmans to repair his own John Deere Did you see what I just did that is problem three to me Authenticity in this novel feels bought with product placements Sort of the same way us city hipsters buy our own authenticity by donning our brand name clothes to set us apart and drinking some PBR at some dive bar And speaking of city folk, the first person observations made when some of the characters travel to New York City seem a little too sophisticated for a person not attuned to the ways of the city.Except that the book is about an indie rock god, it doesn t feel all that different from a lot of other books out there I think it would have been a stronger novel if there hadn t been so many first person perspectives telling the story As I mentioned above the voices all sounded too similar, and it kind of gave the feeling that the author was a little too timid to leave the first person behind, which is understandable, it is much easier to write in this style than in the third person, but you well I want to see authors being daring No one goes to the circus to see a high wire act done with the tightrope walker wearing a safety harness

  6. says:

    Back in the day, I was a huge fan of the TV show thirtysomething Back when I was still in my teens and thirty something seemed impossibly distant and terribly romantic Babies and briefcases I loved all the navel gazing angst, the soap operatic lives, Hope Steadman s hair I wanted to be Hope a writer, a mother, wife to a hunky, kind of dorky husband Amazingly, now that I m fortysomething, I got most of what I wished for, except the babies And I definitely don t have that hair I derived th Back in the day, I was a huge fan of the TV show thirtysomething Back when I was still in my teens and thirty something seemed impossibly distant and terribly romantic Babies and briefcases I loved all the navel gazing angst, the soap operatic lives, Hope Steadman s hair I wanted to be Hope a writer, a mother, wife to a hunky, kind of dorky husband Amazingly, now that I m fortysomething, I got most of what I wished for, except the babies And I definitely don t have that hair I derived the same sink into a comfy chair and be entertained pleasure from Nickolas Butler s Shotgun Lovesongs as I did from that iconic, pre grunge television series Lots of hunky guys, gorgeous women, everyone leading terribly romantic lives with heavy doses of angst and melodrama, all to a great soundtrack the character Lee is based on Justin Vernon, the singer songwriter behind Bon Iver, a favorite band of mine Butler knows Vernon from their Eau Claire schooldays I have to chuckle when I read the professional reviews of Shotgun Lovesongs it s as if at least in the critics eyes Butler has broken new literary ground by telling a straight forward story about the emotional journeys of everyday characters, set against the backdrop of domestic life, weaving in the antics of BFFs, and entanglements of the heart Women authors have been doing this for years, in case they hadn t noticed There s even a whole category devoted to these stories Women s Fiction Although Women s Fiction is largely ignored by professional reviewers and award givers, readers have known for years that a sentimental story, with empathetic characters and relatable themes, can be deeply satisfying Nickolas Butler has a terrific sense of place and his affection for his homeland of Wisconsin is so evident, it had this devoted Pacific Northwesterner recall her years in the Midwest with homesick longing The characters are warm and cuddly, all wrapped in flannel and Carhartts This is meat and potatoes comfort food reading The plot s a bit of Lycra stretched too tightly and occasionally Butler falls in love with his own voice, veering to purple, poetic phrasing, but it has the same small town America charm as a Bob Seger song You ll be singing Mainstreet if only because you can t actually discern the words to any Bon Iver song

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    Some books do a great job evoking a sense of place and a general mood, which draw you even further into them Nickolas Butler s Shotgun Lovesongs is one such book It s beautifully written poetic, even and tremendously compelling, and I read it between two short flights.Little Wing, Wisconsin is a small rural town Henry, Lee, Ronny, and Kip were best friends who grew up together While Henry stayed in Little Wing to take over his father s dairy farm, Ronny found some success on the rodeo circui Some books do a great job evoking a sense of place and a general mood, which draw you even further into them Nickolas Butler s Shotgun Lovesongs is one such book It s beautifully written poetic, even and tremendously compelling, and I read it between two short flights.Little Wing, Wisconsin is a small rural town Henry, Lee, Ronny, and Kip were best friends who grew up together While Henry stayed in Little Wing to take over his father s dairy farm, Ronny found some success on the rodeo circuit before his drinking led to a brain injury following an arrest, Kip moved to Chicago to become a broker for the Mercantile Exchange, and Lee was the successful one, becoming a popular singer.Ten years later, the friends are reunited for Kip s wedding, as he has returned to Little Wing to breathe life into the town s defunct mill Lee agrees to sing a song at the wedding, and he finds himself caught between the magic of a new relationship with a successful actress and the desire to return home, where life is simpler But the wedding also causes the start of some stresses among the friends, as they deal with the problems of their own lives and the envy, frustration, jealousy, and insecurity of small town life when you ve known each other forever.The book shifts in perspective between the four friends as well as Henry s wife, Beth, who also grew up in Little Wing, and had a special connection with many of the friends It moves back and forth through time, touching on the victories and defeats, hurts and happy times While some characters areengaging than others, Butler has imbued them with such life and complexity that they feel almost larger than life, and you find yourself wishing you had friends like these While nothing out of the ordinary happens in the plot, it doesn t matter, because you become truly invested in their lives Shotgun Lovesongs is a paean to life in small town America, its virtues and its disadvantages It s a book about trying to live your dreams and worrying about what to do if the dreams don t turn out the way you hoped It s a book about how far the power of love can take you and how far the power of friendship can carry you And Butler s use of language is so evocative and mesmerizing, but yet still simple and appropriate for the story Here s an example Strange, I thought to myself right then, how his life was like my own and yet not at all like it, though we came from the same small place on earth And why How had our paths diverged, why were they still even connected Why was he then in my backyard, on my farm, the sound of almost two hundred cows, faintly in the background, mooing and lowing How had he come back, this famous man, this person whose name everyone knew, whose voice was recognizable to millions in a way that made it impossible for him to be a stranger in so many places I really loved this book and didn t want it to end I think it would be a great movie as well, because I would love to see these characters and their stories play out in front of me again I d encourage you to take a trip to Little Wing, Wisconsin and spend some time with these people Their lives might not wow you, but their stories will hook you

  8. says:

    The book is set in a country town of Wisconsin called Little Wing It s a story of 5 close friends who were born and raised in this small country town who s friendship is slowly drifting in different direction as they reach their mid 30 s Trying to keep the close bond intact, as well as getting through obstacle that life throws at you, has proven to be challenging.Prior to reading this book, I had found out that the lead singer of Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, was the inspiration for one of the main The book is set in a country town of Wisconsin called Little Wing It s a story of 5 close friends who were born and raised in this small country town who s friendship is slowly drifting in different direction as they reach their mid 30 s Trying to keep the close bond intact, as well as getting through obstacle that life throws at you, has proven to be challenging.Prior to reading this book, I had found out that the lead singer of Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, was the inspiration for one of the main characters I ve not heard of this band but have since listened to them , or do I know how much of the facts in this story are true, but I would say that Bon Iver fan would be rushing out to read it once they find out about the connection However I m afraid they would be very disappointed and perhaps cheated because I felt the author was trying to make something out of nothing.Unfortunately, this plot was weak and tiresome It read like a rural chick lit but with male protagonist, dealing with issues concerning their career, love, money, family and lack of freedom I can see the writer trying to build drama within themes but I don t think the issues that had arisen were problematic or had any substance I havedrama in my family then what was shown here The characters were too good, nice that it was to the point of being unbelievable and ludicrous The only good point to this novel is that the rich and crystal clear setting of Wisconsin, which the author described skillfully and with pride, it s the place the author was raised and knows so well And that is the only reason why I ve rated this book 2 stars Thanks to St Martin s Press and Netgalley for my review copy

  9. says:

    4.5 Four childhood friends from Little Wing, Wisconsin four weddings but no funeral though there are a couple of close calls along the way Which bonds will last, and which will be strained to the breaking point Henry is the family man, a dairy farmer who married his college sweetheart, Beth, and has two kids Lee is a musician, the closest thing to a rock star that Little Wing will ever produce He became famous for Shotgun Lovesongs, a bestselling album he recorded by himself in a refurbi 4.5 Four childhood friends from Little Wing, Wisconsin four weddings but no funeral though there are a couple of close calls along the way Which bonds will last, and which will be strained to the breaking point Henry is the family man, a dairy farmer who married his college sweetheart, Beth, and has two kids Lee is a musician, the closest thing to a rock star that Little Wing will ever produce He became famous for Shotgun Lovesongs, a bestselling album he recorded by himself in a refurbished chicken coop for 600, and now he lives in New York City and hobnobs with celebrities Kip gave up being a Chicago commodities trader to return to Little Wing and spruce up the old mill into an events venue Ronny lived for alcohol and rodeos until a drunken accident ended his career and damaged his brain He s still Lee s biggest fan.The friends have their fair share of petty quarrels and everyday crises, but the big one hits when one guy confesses to another that he s in love with his wife Male friendship still feels like a rarer subject for fiction, but you don t have to fear any macho stylings here The narration rotates between the four men, but Beth also has a couple of sections, including the longest one in the book.This is a book full of nostalgia and small town especially winter atmosphere, but also brimming with the sort of emotion that gets a knot started in the top of your throat All the characters are wondering whether they ve made the right decisions, whether they ve gotten stuck in a life smaller than the one they intended or traded home and comfort for fame There are a lot of bittersweet moments, but also some comic ones The entire pickled egg sequence, for instance, is a riot even as it edges towards tragedy.I d liken this to a cross between Kitchens of the Great Midwest and Daisy Jones and the Six I d read two Butler books before, Beneath the Bonfire and Little Faith, but this blows those two out of the water I have just one of his books remaining, The Hearts of Men, which is on my Kindle This only narrowly misses out on a full 5 stars from me because I felt like Kip was less than essential.Favorite lines Kip The sense that staying in town meant we were failures, meant we were yokels who the hell knows what we thought back then on those nights Feeling like we were apart from everything we d ever known and maybe better than the place that made us And yet, at the same time, in love with it all In love with being small town kings, standing up on those bankrupt towers, looking out over our futures, looking for something maybe happiness, maybe love, maybe fame Beth It s a funny thing, being married to someone for so long, being someone s best friend for so long Because on those few occasions when they surprise you, it feels like the biggest thing in the world, like a crack in the sky, like the moon, suddenly rising over the horizon twenty times bigger than the last time you looked Lee I live here, I have chosen to live here in Little Wing , because life seems real to me here Authentic, genuine I don t know, viable

  10. says:

    I thought this novel was just lovely Once in a while, a book hits you at just the right moment and in just the right way This novel was like a sunday morning cup of coffee for me I just thoroughly enjoyed it The story is told from five points of view, four men who have grown up together, and a woman who grew up with them The story is about their relationships, and features a few successive weddings and the challenges these marriages and friendships face, as their intertwined lives move forw I thought this novel was just lovely Once in a while, a book hits you at just the right moment and in just the right way This novel was like a sunday morning cup of coffee for me I just thoroughly enjoyed it The story is told from five points of view, four men who have grown up together, and a woman who grew up with them The story is about their relationships, and features a few successive weddings and the challenges these marriages and friendships face, as their intertwined lives move forward In the midst of this is a rural town, where each of the characters have had a sense of home and each other Honestly, I got enraptured up in it and loved every single word One of the interesting elements of the author s writing style is that the opening of the book, like the first 40 50 pages is written from one of the four men s point of views, and it has a second fourth person narration feeling Reminded me of Buddha in the attic, where the point of view is written as a collective we It really laid the feel of this rural town and the mindset of the characters It doesn t begin to shift to an I until near the end of the chapter, and we learn the narrating character s name only in the last line or two I came to understand that this was a foreshadowing, as all of of the characters had to figure out how to go from we, to I, to an evolved we once again It was just a beautiful book in many ways, and as I ve said, simply hit the spot Right time, right book I thoroughly appreciated and loved it My last thought is for my PBT and all my Goodreads friends I never would have picked up this book if it weren t for the recommendation of this group of readers and friends I noticed it first from the reviews, and second, as a book that hit the PBT top ten two years in a row Again, I marvel at how my reading has been so changed and directed And how many four and five star reads I have read And what I am excited about moving forward I am grateful for both your friendship and for the phenomenal stories that have come into my life Thank you, to both the author, and to you guys, for this beautiful gift which was Shotgun LoveSongs

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