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I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle (Excerpt)

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle (Excerpt)

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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.
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.

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Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Apr 22, 2011
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09/29/2013

 
steve earle
I'll never get
out ofthis worldalive
A Novel 
 
 I’LLNEVER GETOUT OFTHIS WORLD ALIVE
  Steve Earle
 Houghton Mif in Harcourt 
boston new york 2011
 
 Copyright © 2011 by Steve Earle
  all rights reserved
 For inormation about permission to reproduce selections rom this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mif in Harcourt Publishing Company,215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.  www.hmhbooks.com
  Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
 Earle, Steve. I’ll never get out o this world alive / Steve Earle. p. cm.
 isbn 978-0-618-82096-2
 1. Physicians
Fiction. 2. Williams, Hank, 1923–1953
Fiction.3. Ghosts
Fiction. 4. Drug addicts
Fiction. 5. Spiritual healing
Fiction.I. Title.
ps3555.a6825i43 2011
 813'.54
dc22 2010049825 Book design by Brian Moore Printed in the United States o America 
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“Hal as Much” © 1951 Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203. All rights reserved. Used by permission.“I’ll Never Get Out o This World Alive” © 1952 Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West,Nashville, TN 37203. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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an appetite wetter, looking forward to the rest when purchased . as colourful as the songs . anton from England.
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