Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

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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.

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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned Just as we were all getting back into the mainland domestic groove, somebody started in with dragons and crop blights from across the North Sea. We all knew who it was. A turncoat Norwegian monk named Naddod had been big medicine on the dragon-and-blight circuit for the last decade or so, and was known to bring heavy ordnance for whoever could lay out some silver. Scuttlebutt had it that Naddod was operating out of a monastery on Lindisfarne, whose people we’d troubled on a pillage-and-consternation tour through Northumbria after Corn Harvesting

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Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. Watch animator Chris Roth's short adaptation of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned -- the title story of Wells Towers' highly anticipated debut story collection.

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"This arresting debut collection of stories decisively establishes Mr. Tower as a writer of uncommon talent."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
"Artful and funny and empathetic.  His fictional universe is a perfectly balanced little biosphere of violence and mercy, aggression and nurturing."--Sam Anderson, New York magazine
 
"A striking, often savage first collection of stories.  Tower's language is as compact and muscular as a wrestler's body."--Heller McAlpin, San Francisco Chronicle
 
"Tower writes about raggedy men, neglected boys, and quarrelsome Vikings who are down on their luck (if they ever had any).  But the stories are very funny, and surprising, and possess a rugged beauty."--Vendela Vida, Vanity Fair
 
"Tower seems incapable of writing a boring description.  A crackling, head-turning debut."--Jonathan Miles, Men's Journal
 
"It sometimes feels as if there's nothing Tower can't render in arresting fashion.  His prose is a welcome reminder that the first job of the fiction writer is to introduce the reader to worlds both new and familiar in ways they wouldn't have arrived at on their own."--Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times
 
"Wells Tower's stories are written, thrillingly, in authentic American vernacular--violent, funny, bleak, and beautiful.  You need to read them, now."--Michael Chabon, author of The Yiddish Policemen's Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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Book Review - 'Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned,' by Wells Tower - Review - NYTimes.com
This polished debut story collection takes its sustenance from class conflict, rough men and strong women, and the intersection between hotheads and cool customers.
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Wells Tower’s short stories and journalism have appeared in The New YorkerHarper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Washington Post Magazine, and elsewhere. He received two Pushcart Prizes and the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. He divides his time between Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Brooklyn, New York.

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New York Public Library Young Lions Award Finalist, New York Public Library Young Lions Award Winner

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Picador
February 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312429294
ISBN10: 0312429290
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$15.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429914840
ISBN10: 142991484X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$9.99
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