[A] richly textured novel about folk music...Belcher brings the folk music scene to life, but best of all is his ability to craft a cast of memorable characters.
Mingling elements from both literature and the blues, Belcher has crafted a memorable tale about how the masks and myths we create can become prisons that ultimately disconnect us from ourselves.
In Lay Down Your Weary Tune, ‘upstate debut novelist Belcher modulates his chord changes skillfully.’
This story will pluck countless heartstrings.
A heartening, timeless, and stirring song for the ‘perfectly broken.’ Beautifully thrownback. Openhanded. True. W.B. Belcher is my kind of writer.
As beautiful and artfully constructed as an old guitar, LAY DOWN YOUR WEARY TUNE feels both familiar and wholly original. W.B. Belcher’s debut is a highly readable wonder.
Like Russell Banks, Richard Russo, and even Bill McKibben, W.B. Belcher’s warm, lyrical prose brings to life the upstate New York I know and love so well, and even more, he does it with the clarity, compassion, and humor of a master storyteller. A terrific debut novel.
W.B. Belcher’s debut novel evokes the legend and timelessness of a true folk song ... he weaves together a carefully crafted, mysterious, and epic world of characters whose stories will keep you guessing until the very end. A folkloric treasure trove and a great read.