my take: Isn't it interesting that the timing of when one reads a book very much affects the experience? After reading a WWI novel (The Sojourn) and The Magician's Assistant, Butchers seemed vaguely familiar. And that wasn't a bad thing.
Butchers spans the time period from WWI to beyond WWII and mostly takes place in North Dakota where German immigrants settled. The singing club brings together an odd assortment of town folks ... and those folks have lots of secrets.
Very engaging, a bit of intrigue, plot twists ... enjoyed this very much.
my source: Physical Therapist Jack, several years ago ... discovered at a second hand book store in Chicago
my verdict: great read