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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
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Jul 22, 09

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Wells Tower's debut collection has generated effulgent praise, which is puzzling. "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" is moderately engaging, but in the end there's not a lot here: some light, but not much heat. Tower has a hipster's weakness for the showily offbeat; his characters come at their lives from odd angles, as if shyly proud of their eccentricities. If this book, with its mixture of the deadpan and the earnest, the ironic and the whimsical, were somehow to emerge from a time capsule, future generations would have an anthropologically perfect example of American fiction of the 2000s subgenre Quirky Young Misfit. (From the WASHINGTON POST, July 8, 2009)
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