I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive

I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive
Steve Earle
Reviewed by Matthew Taylor
Harvill Secker
Thu, 07/07/2011

This first novel from the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and actor Steve Earle tells the story of Doc Ebersole. Set in 1960s Texas, Doc is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams, after administering the final morphine dose that killed him. Having lost his licence to practice medicine, he lives in a rented room in the seedy and dangerous red-light district of San Antonio, operating outside of the law to feed his own addiction.

Redemption comes through the arrival of Graciela, a young Mexican immigrant who is able to heal with the touch of her hand. With an album of the same name also being released, Earle offers a fast-moving and well crafted mix of harsh reality and dark fantasy, along with a troubled central character who stays with you.


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