Life Is A Country Western Song

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In Life is a Country Western Song, H. Lee Barnes explores the space in between events. His characters flit between the past and the future as they navigate what it means to feel stuck in the present. An emu farmer reflects on her past trauma in the face of a new romance. A policeman facing divorce finds solace in caring for a new dog. A widower navigates a first date with a woman he met online while being flooded with memories of his dying wife. These small vignettes unfold similarly to a country western song—slow and sometimes somber, but with a lot of heart at the center.

Barnes writes with strong imagery that depict his vision of the West with stories of hope in his characters’ lives. His characters are risk-takers, even if the risks are as simple as rescuing a dog. These small risks can reveal the important parts of lives and motivate the characters to trudge through their hard periods of change.

Life is a Country Western Song is beautifully written, with stories pulling you into sometimes desolate lives, leaving them not always better, but at least headed in the right direction.


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Author H. Lee Barnes
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 163 pages
Publisher Baobab Press
Publish Date 2019-02-12
ISBN 9781936097203
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Issue June 2019
Category Poetry & Short Stories
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1 review for Life Is A Country Western Song

  1. Thomas Magrann

    “Life Is A Country Western Song” by Mr. Barnes is a great read. He floods us with so many diverse but yet identifiable characters, we sail thru each story as these characters come to life. We can recognize and identify with so many of these individuals as they unfold their stories and struggle through everyday life. This book really does feel like “Life Is A Country Western Song” and I like Country Music!

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