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Doghouse Roses: Storiesby Steve Earle
Synopses & Reviews
Steve Earle does everything he does with intelligence, creativity, passion, and integrity. In music, these strengths have earned him comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, the ardent devotion of his fans, and the admiration of the media. And Earle does a lot: he is singer, songwriter, producer, social activist, teacher....He?s not only someone who makes great music; he?s someone to believe in. With the publication of his first collection of short stories, Doghouse Roses, he gives us yet another reason to believe.
Earle?s stories reflect the many facets of the man and the hard-fought struggles, the defeats, and the eventual triumphs he has experienced during a career spanning three decades. In the title story he offers us a gut-wrenchingly honest portrait of a nearly famous singer whose life and soul have been all but devoured by drugs. ?Billy the Kid? is a fable about everything that will never happen in Nashville, and ?Wheeler County? tells a romantic, sweet-tempered tale about a hitchhiker stranded for years in a small Texas town. A story about the husband of a murder victim witnessing an execution addresses a subject Earle has passionately taken on as a social activist, and a cycle of stories features ?the American,? a shady international wanderer, Vietnam vet, and sometime drug smuggler ? a character who can be seen as Earle?s alter ego, the person he might have become if he had been drafted.
Earle is a songwriter?s songwriter, and here he takes his writing gift into another medium, along with all the grace, poetry, and deep feeling that has made his music honored around the world.
"Could be I'm just some big city sucker for a hard-rocking, Nietzsche-reading, Che Guevara-quoting redneck country singer but... if Steve Earle isn't a Great American, he'll have to do until the real thing comes along." Mark Jacobson, Men's Journal
"Doghouse Roses is a beautiful and moving collection of short stories by one of our greatest American songwriters. I'm tempted to say it reads like a collaboration between Steinbeck and Kerouac and Bukowski, but really, I can't think of anything else quite like it. Steve Earle has taken the great American road song and set it to prose." Jay McInerney
"Fom L.A. glitz to Nashville grit, from street dealers to eighteen-wheelers, from the ecstacies of absinthe to the long shadows of Death Row here are eleven sweet, tough, provocative tales from a writer who refuses to give up on either humankind or literature." Terry Bisson, author of The Pickup Artist
"If Earle's songs sometimes read like short stories, his short stories sometimes read like songs. The themes are big, the conclusions final." King Kaufman, Salon.com (Click here to read the entire Salon.com review)
Steve Earle has taken his considerable narrative talents — already evidenced in a songwriting career spanning three decades — and applied them to the page in DOGHOUSE ROSES, his first story collection. With all the grace, poetry, and passion that has made his music honored around the world, Earle offers eleven stories in this remarkable literary debut. He chronicles the lives of the lost and the lonely — rebels, addicts, outlaws, and drifters — with a voice that is "vigorous, punchy, often profane and more often profound" (The Oregonian).
A songwriter's songwriter, Steve Earle is a country music sensation who now takes his writing gift to another medium. His debut collection of short fiction reflects the many facets of the man and his hard-fought struggles.
About the Author
STEVE EARLE is a singer-songwriter who has released ten critically acclaimed albums since his 1986 debut album, Guitar Town, burst onto the Nashville scene and made him a star overnight. A prolonged struggle with drug addiction resulted in jail time in the early 1990s, but Earle's recovery and comeback albums, beginning wth the 1995 Grammy-nominated Train A Comin', have all been critical and commercial successes. His latest album is Transcendental Blues. Earle also works on behalf of a number of political causes, which have been the subjects of his songs for decades. In the struggle to end the death penalty, he serves as a board member of the Journey of Hope and is affiliated with both Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CUADP) and the Abolitionist Action Committee. He is also a supporter of the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. He has been the subject of recent profiles in Esquire and Men's Journal and has appeared on Nightline and CBS Sunday Morning. He is a frequent guest on David Letterman's and Jay Leno's shows.
Table of Contents
Doghouse Roses - 1
Wheeler County - 27
Jaguar Dance - 48
Taneytown - 78
Billy the Kid - 88
The Internationale - 107
The Red Suitcase - 116
A Eulogy of Sorts - 136
The Reunion - 144
The Witness - 173
A Well-Tempered Heart - 204
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