Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Wells Tower

Published: 1 April 2010
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 240 pages
ISBN: 9781847081209


A man is thrown out of his home after his wife discovers that the sweat-smudged footprint on the inside of his windscreen 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, hilariously try to reassemble themselves. His characters - marauding Vikings, washed-up entrepreneurs and jobbing hacks on local papers - are adrift from the mainstream, confused by contemporary masculinity, angry and aimless. Combining electric prose with compassion and dark wit, this is a major debut.

About the author

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Wells Tower was born in Vancouver in 1973. He received a BA in anthropology and sociology from Wesleyan University and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. He is the recipient of the Paris Review Discovery Prize, a Pushcart Prize and a Henfield Foundation award. He is currently a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. He lives in New York and has a house in North Carolina. More about the author

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