Butler, Nickolas

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Little Faith

A beautifully realized meditation on the nature of parenting and living in a perplexing (and often cruel) world. Enthusiastically recommended for parents and fans of literary fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 9/17/18.]
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The Hearts of Men

Fans of Butler's awarding-winning Shotgun Lovesongs will welcome this impressive work with an outstanding ensemble cast. Top of the class for Butler on this one. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/16.]
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Beneath the Bonfire

The frankly masculine point of view brings to mind Jim Harrison along with McCarthy; the book should appeal to adventurous readers interested in that perspective, and it will attract regional interest as well. [See Prepub Alert, 11/10/14.]
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Shotgun Lovesongs

Lyrical writing paints a portrait of friendship in a small town that will seem familiar to any Midwesterner. Recommended. ["While not ignoring the economic hardships of contemporary rural life, Butler stacks the deck a bit in favor of small-town values vs. big city shallowness. Overall, though, this is a warm and absorbing depiction of male friendship," read the review of the Thomas Dunne: St. Martin's hc, LJ 12/13.]
PREMIUM

Shotgun Lovesongs

While not ignoring the economic hardships of contemporary rural life, Butler stacks the deck a bit in favor of small-town values vs. big city shallowness. Overall, though, this is a warm and absorbing depiction of male friendship. Lee and Hank's compassion toward Ronny is particularly touching, and Beth, the sole female narrator, is as nuanced and believable a character as her male counterparts. With the author's connection to indie musician Bon Iver and a movie deal already in the works, expect interest and demand. [See Prepub Alert, 9/9/13.]

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