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Staff Pick

The long-awaited debut collection by Wells Tower does not disappoint. Full of masterful tales, brilliant humor, and soul-shattering pathos, Tower's work should place him at the forefront of American storytellers.
Recommended by Kevin Sampsell, Powells.com

Every story here feels like a weird little shot of brilliance. I can only describe this collection as "masterful." I had read the title story a few years before and really loved it, but I actually liked most of the other stories even more. "Retreat" has a great ending that'll make your stomach tumble with laughter and sickness. "Wild America" is full of young female bitterness. And "On the Show" is full of some of the most quotable dialogue ever.
Recommended by Kevin S., Powells.com

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"The phrase 'well-crafted' suggests an unfortunate analogy between a piece of fiction and a piece of furniture. And there is a surprising amount of fiction around that is reasonably accomplished and graceful, or strikingly ornamented, or that skillfully reproduces previous successes in structure or tone and yet feels synthetic and inert — made up, in short, rather than like something that has been transcribed from a revelatory vision." Deborah Eisenberg, New York Review of Books (read the entire New York review of Books)

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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 car's 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.  Wells Tower's version of America is touched with the seamy splendor of the dropout, the misfit: failed inventors, boozy dreamers, hapless fathers, wayward sons.  With electric prose and savage wit, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is a profound new collection of stories.

Review:

"We need books like Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned...What [Towers] portraits lack in grandeur, they compensate for in their accuracy...[The characters] live the way we Americans do." Benjamin Alsup, Esquire

Review:

"These are lurid, ingenious, beautiful, delicate, and very funny stories. Full of pity and terror, they are also great fun to read. Wells Tower has written a brilliant book." Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision

Review:

"Wells Towers' stories are written, thrillingly, in authentic American vernacularviolent, funny, bleak, and beautiful. You need to read them, now." Michael Chabon, author of The Yiddish Policemens Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Review:

"This arresting debut collection of stories decisively establishes Mr. Tower as a writer of uncommon talent." The New York Times

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About the Author

Wells Tower's writing has appeared in Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and elsewhere. He received a Pushcart Prize and the Plimpton Discovery Prize from The Paris Review. He lives in North Carolina.

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W S Krauss, April 5, 2013 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
An excellent batch of short stories from a talented writer, Wells Tower. Tower has a real knack for description. Each of these stories was a world itself, which is, I suppose, the point of a short story. The real challenge is to make the reader care about these characters in just a few pages. Sometimes he merely sets the scene and the story ends, leaving the rest to your imagination. Many of these characters seem slightly damaged, marginal and vulnerable. I'll look forward to reading some of his other work.
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Lea Anna, August 30, 2012 (view all comments by Lea Anna)
I loved these short stories. Usually I avoid short stories because they always leave me wishing there was more. Tower's stories never left me hanging while still feeling complete. I never felt like I was short-changed or duped. He has a fantastic way with words that left me ready for an all new story each and every time.
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susang, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by susang)
Wonderful stories.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312429294
Author:
Tower, Wells
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.1 x 5.71 x 0.76 in

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Product details 256 pages Picador USA - English 9780312429294 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The long-awaited debut collection by Wells Tower does not disappoint. Full of masterful tales, brilliant humor, and soul-shattering pathos, Tower's work should place him at the forefront of American storytellers.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Every story here feels like a weird little shot of brilliance. I can only describe this collection as "masterful." I had read the title story a few years before and really loved it, but I actually liked most of the other stories even more. "Retreat" has a great ending that'll make your stomach tumble with laughter and sickness. "Wild America" is full of young female bitterness. And "On the Show" is full of some of the most quotable dialogue ever.

"Review A Day" by , "The phrase 'well-crafted' suggests an unfortunate analogy between a piece of fiction and a piece of furniture. And there is a surprising amount of fiction around that is reasonably accomplished and graceful, or strikingly ornamented, or that skillfully reproduces previous successes in structure or tone and yet feels synthetic and inert — made up, in short, rather than like something that has been transcribed from a revelatory vision." (read the entire New York review of Books)
"Review" by , "We need books like Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned...What [Towers] portraits lack in grandeur, they compensate for in their accuracy...[The characters] live the way we Americans do."
"Review" by , "These are lurid, ingenious, beautiful, delicate, and very funny stories. Full of pity and terror, they are also great fun to read. Wells Tower has written a brilliant book."
"Review" by , "Wells Towers' stories are written, thrillingly, in authentic American vernacularviolent, funny, bleak, and beautiful. You need to read them, now." Michael Chabon, author of The Yiddish Policemens Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
"Review" by , "This arresting debut collection of stories decisively establishes Mr. Tower as a writer of uncommon talent."
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