Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. A man is booted out of his home after his wife discovers that the print of a bare foot on the inside of his windshield doesn't match her own. Teenage cousins, drugged by summer, meet with a reckoning in the woods. A boy runs off to the carnival after his stepfather bites him in a brawl.

In the stories of Wells Tower, families fall apart and messily try to reassemble themselves. His version of America is touched with the seamy splendor of the dropout, the misfit: failed inventors, boozy dreamers, hapless fathers, wayward sons. Combining electric prose with savage wit, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is a major debut, announcing a voice we have not heard before.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374292195
0374292191
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 22 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 30, 2013

The guy's got a great name and this is a cool title, but this stories are just not that engaging. But, hey, Vikings.

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zackhaslam
May 30, 2013

A weariness inhabits these characters and stories, yet Tower is an engaging and clever enough writer that they all crackle along.
The Viking story is a bit silly, but very necessary.
Great collection, would suggest Tower has the potential to sit with Lethem and Saunders, should they all go out to lunch or whatever.

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2012

These short stories are about families. They are funny, especially the one about Vikings. A New Yorker style writer.

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elloyd74
Jan 18, 2010

Richly deserving of all the hype. Towers ratchets up more suspense in the frame of one literary short story than you'd find in a dozen thrillers combined. "Retreat" was my favorite. You're in good hands here, hands with a very solid grip.

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