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Lay Down Your Weary Tune by W.B. Belcher

Lay Down Your Weary Tune

by W.B. Belcher

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The book takes you through a period of time in which a young man (Jack) who is struggling to find his purpose gets an opportunity to write a memoir about one of his idols (Eli), only to find out that the singer is old, and his mind is starting to fail. Their relationship is rocky and complex, as is Jack's budding relationship with a girl in town. As Jack works on these current relationships, he is forced to confront his past and look at what brought him to this place in his life. The reader accompanies him on a journey to understand himself better, and to try and understand the people around him. I found this book to be slow, but in a good way, which is something I don't think I've ever said before. As I worked through the book, I slowly got to know the characters better, as they slowly got to know themselves better, and I put the pieces together only as soon as they did. Overall I found it to be a very different book, and an interesting one to read.
  GretchenLynn | Aug 10, 2016 |
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"Despite his fame, Eli Page is a riddle wrapped in a myth, inside decades of mask-making. His past is so shrouded in gossip and half-truths that no one knows who he is behind the act. Jack Wyeth, a budding writer, joins Eli in Galesville, a small town on the border of New York and Vermont, only to learn that the musician's mind is failing. As he scrambles to uncover the truth, Jack is forced to confront his own past, his own hang-ups, and his own fears. At the same time, he falls for a local artist who has secrets of her own, he becomes linked to a town controversy, and he struggles to let go of his childhood idols and bridge the divide between myth and reality. Set against a folk Americana aesthetic, Lay Down Your Weary Tune is an emotionally charged exploration of myth-making, desire, and regret, and the inescapable bond between the past and present." --… (more)

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