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Book Review: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

March 28, 2009

Edmund White at the New York Times has an enthusiastic review of a first book of stories by the impossibly well-named author Wells Tower

Every one of the stories in “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned” is polished and distinctive. Though he’s intrigued by the painful experiences of men much older than he is, Tower can write with equal power about young women and boys; about hell-­raising, skull-bashing ancient Vikings and an observant housebound old man of the 21st century, even about a cheerful, insouciant pedophile. His range is wide and his language impeccable, never strained or fussy. His grasp of human psychology is fresh and un-Freudianizing.

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