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I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive review | Books | EW.com

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Steve Earle, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive | LIVING PROOF Steve Earle's novel

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Steve Earle

We gave it a B+

Doc used to be a real doctor, but by the time we meet him in San Antonio in 1963, he’s a gruff, morphine-addicted hack performing abortions and other illegal surgeries — and being haunted by the ghost of a former patient and fellow junkie, Hank Williams. Earle (a hell of a songwriter himself) has written a deft, big-spirited novel about sin, faith, redemption, and the family of man. Some of I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive‘s characters tilt toward cliché — the angelic Mexican girl who tries to save Doc, the lunatic priest who tries to destroy him — but you keep reading and you keep believing. B+

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