I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Book - 2011
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Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams--not just in the figurative sense, not just because he was one of the last people to see him alive, and not just because he is rumored to have given Hank the final morphine dose that killed him.

In 1963, ten years after Hank's death, Doc himself is wracked by addiction. Having lost his license to practice medicine, his morphine habit isn't as easy to support as it used to be. So he lives in a rented room in the red-light district on the south side of San Antonio, performing abortions and patching up the odd knife or gunshot wound. But when Graciela, a young Mexican immigrant, appears in the neighborhood in search of Doc's services, miraculous things begin to happen. Graciela sustains a wound on her wrist that never heals, yet she heals others with the touch of her hand. Everyone she meets is transformed for the better, except, maybe, for Hank's angry ghost--who isn't at all pleased to see Doc doing well.

A brilliant excavation of an obscure piece of music history, Steve Earle's I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive is also a marvelous novel in its own right, a ballad of regret and redemption, and of the ways in which we remake ourselves and our world through the smallest of miracles.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780618820962
0618820965
Branch Call Number: FIC Earle 3564
Characteristics: 243 p

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CAsurfergirl
Jun 28, 2017

Currently reading it, but gotta say that while Steve (naturally) has a heroin junkie's understanding of what life's like while under the influence...he's still a better song writer/singer. While it's good he wrote & acted...possibly they weren't what he did best. Saying that...I'm attending his concert Aug 8th in Tucson...none of us is as pretty as we once were...

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Blue_18
Jun 16, 2015

Read this book if you are a Steve Earle fan, or you have an interest in: what the south side of San Antonio was like in the 1960's; the difference between religion and church; what happened to Hank Williams before and after he died; the days leading up to the Kennedy assassination, or if you just want to read a good book for the summer.

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uncommonreader
Nov 19, 2013

A story about redemption that would have benefitted from being shorter.

carrilis Feb 27, 2012

I really enjoyed this book! At the beginning, I was unsure about a ghost being one of the main characters, but Earle made it work very well! The unpredictability of the story and the characters was refreshing.

debwalker May 03, 2011

Debut novel by the singer-activist about a doctor-turned-addict in 1963 San Antonio who finds redemption in an unlikely way.

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