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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Lonesome Cowboy by Frank Lowe is the story of Kyle Kelly and his father as they navigate life, love, loss, and the country music scene. Its title, Lonesome Cowboy, plays with a double entendre here, as the name of Red's best-selling and most popular song, and as Kyle attempts to maneuver through past and present experiences, often (and ultimately) with a great deal of success and, in the beginning, with frequent setbacks beforehand. His father shares varied struggles and difficulties of his own, all conveyed in a third person narrative that allows for something of an omniscient view of their dynamic relationship and the tornadoes of conflict that revolve around them.
I enjoyed the soft unveiling of characters in Frank Lowe's Lonesome Cowboy. There is a restraint in Lowe's peeling of layers and the development of Kyle and Red that requires patience as a reader but that paid off extremely well as the arc began to grasp its trajectory. This is a very human story that delves into a relationship that few authors attempt to cover. We read so much about mothers and daughters, whereas fathers and sons somehow end up being glossed over. Lowe is gifted with the writing skills of description and foreshadowing and it was easy to find myself engrossed in scenes that crossed a multitude of borders in both the physical and emotional sense. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the rewards a slow-burning narrative offers, and endings that tie up all the loose threads in a satisfying and powerful way.