Lay Down Your Weary Tune (Paperback)

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In this debut novel, a ghostwriter of the memoirs of a reclusive folk music icon--part Woody Guthrie, part Bob Dylan--attempts to glean fact from fiction, only to discover the deeper he digs into the musician's past, the more his own past rises to the surface

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.

About the Author

W. B. Belcher grew up in western Massachusetts and earned his MFA from Goddard College. He lives along the Battenkill River in upstate New York with his wife and two children. Lay Down Your Weary Tune is his first novel.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590517468
ISBN-10: 1590517466
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English