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Everythingby Kevin Canty
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In taut, exquisite prose, Kevin Canty explores the largest themes of life—work, love, death, destruction, rebirth—in the middle of the everyday.
On the fifth of July, RL and June go down to the river with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red to commemorate Taylor’s fiftieth and last birthday. Taylor was RL’s boyhood friend and June’s husband, but after eleven years, June, a childless hospice worker, finally declares she’s “nobody’s widow anymore.” Anxious for a new beginning, June considers selling her beloved house. RL, a divorced empty-nester, faces a major change, too, when he agrees to lodge his college girlfriend, Betsy, while she undergoes chemotherapy. Caught between Betsy’s anguish and June’s hope, the cynical RL is brought face-to-face with his own sense of futility, and the longing to experience the kind of love that “knocks you down.”
Set in Montana, reflecting the beauty of its landscape and the independence of its people, Everything is a shimmering novel about unexpected redemption by a writer of deep empathy and prodigious talents.
"The disaffection from a purposeless life unites the characters in Canty's painstakingly crafted novel of backcountry Montana. When longtime friends RL and June memorialize the 11th anniversary of June's husband's death, they're confronted with the emptiness of their lives. RL seeks new beginnings with an old acquaintance undergoing treatment for cancer, while June contemplates selling her house. Into the mix is added RL's sweet but depressive college-age daughter, who engages in an ill-advised affair with an older man beleaguered by a dull marriage. Though the narratives rarely cross, Canty's adept handling of structure and themes makes them all feel like part of the same conversation, and the few points of intersection resonate sharply. An able minimalist, Canty (Nine Below Zero) is skillful at evoking the weight of a lifetime's quiet angst in mundane moments. The story offers few moments of grace for its luckless characters, but it's full of life, and the occasional bright spots are hard-won and authentic. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In taut, exquisite prose, Canty explores the largest themes of life--work, love, death, destruction, rebirth--in the middle of the everyday. Set in Montana, "Everything" is a shimmering novel about unexpected redemption by a writer of deep empathy and prodigious talents.
About the Author
KEVIN CANTY is the award-winning author of the novels Into the Great Wide Open, Nine Below Zero, and Winslow in Love, as well as the short story collections Honeymoon and Other Stories, A Stranger in This World, and Where the Money Went.
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