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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most lyrical parts of this big-hearted book are about how all the characters, including the star are almost physically drawn to the town and one another…Colorful…impressively original debut…Lovely.”

    New York Times

  • “Sparkles in every way. A love letter to the open lonely American heartland…A must read.”


  • “Emotionally resonant…In prose that is as plain-spoken and honest as a Midwestern farmer, [Butler] tells the story of five friends and lovers in the fictional Little Wing, Wisconsin.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “The characters in Nickolas Butler’s small town of Little Wing are brought to life by a talented group of narrators. As old emotional buttons get pushed and new conflicts get explored, their performances grab the listener by the ears and don’t let go.”


  • “There is…a profound empathy for the characters and the small-town dynamic that the reader will likely share, an appreciation for what ‘America was, or could be.’”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[Shotgun Lovesongs] a great listen with a multiple cast of narrators who are doing great justice to Nickolas Butler’s beautiful prose. Hearing his phrasing being spoken reminded me why I loved this book so much.”


  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, March 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice, April 2014
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2014 Indie Next List
  • Longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • Winner of the 2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Pick Award for Adult Authors
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
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