Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Book - 2009
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A collection of darkly comic short works includes the stories of a man who is thrown out of his house when his wife discovers his infidelity in a bizarre way, teen cousins who share a woodland comeuppance, and a youth who flees to a carnival life after being bitten by his father.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374292195
Branch Call Number: FIC Tower
Characteristics: 238 pages


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Mar 28, 2019

A wonderful collection of quirky and strange stories that made me laugh (and also cringe.) I took this on a long road trip and my travel companion and I took turns reading it out loud ~ better than any audio book! After enjoying this collection so much I looked into Tower's other writing and discovered he is an author who was exploitative and seemingly unapologetic about it, which I found to be really disappointing. For that reason I don't think I'll be able to pick up another book by him without feeling critical of his voice, but I have to admit I'm glad I had the chance to read this beforehand.

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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