I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Version: Unabridged
Author: Steve Earle
Narrator: Steve Earle
Genres: Literature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: May 2011
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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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. Since he lost his license to practice medicine, his morphine habit isn't as easy to support, so Doc 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 his 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 perhaps 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.

'This subtle and dramatic book is the work of a brilliant songwriter who has moved from song to orchestral ballad with astonishing ease.''Michael Ondaatje, New York Times bestselling author

Reviews (1)

Written by Elizabeth Boston on May 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

one of my favorite books of all time, I've read this book numerous times and hearing it as it should be read, by the author, is magical to me. great characters and a creative story in of itself, this book is a wonderful read and an awesome audiobook.

Author Details

Author Details

Earle, Steve

STEVE EARLE is a singer-songwriter, actor, activist, and the author of the story collection "Doghouse Roses". He has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums, including such Grammy winners as "The Revolution Starts Now, Washington Square Serenade", and "Townes". He has appeared on film and television, with roles in "The Wire" and "Treme".