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
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 22 cm.


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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.

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.

Aug 01, 2012

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

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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