Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned - Wells Tower

An exciting debut, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24), by Wells Tower, signals the arrival of a major literary talent. These nine stories display psychological insight, compassion, wit, and unforgettable characters.  In the title piece a group of Viking marauders, tired of pillaging, longs for the comforts of home.  In another, two estranged brothers reunite at the older one’s half-built cabin, only to discover that their family bond is equally untenable.  Most of the stories here tackle the subject of middle-aged-male disillusionment, and they succeed because they are honest, sometimes funny, and always compelling.

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ISBN: 9780312429294
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Published: Picador - February 2nd, 2010

The Outlander - Gil Adamson

The Outlander (Harper Perennial, $14.99), by Gil Adamson, starts with a breathless chase scene: a woman who has just killed her abusive husband is being pursued by his two brothers, redheaded twins, determined to get revenge.  They track her from Idaho into the mountains of Montana where she receives help from an outdoorsman, a romantic figure who spends his life in the isolation of the wilds.  Adamson is a poet and she recounts the adventure of Mary Boulton with spare language, careful observation, and dry wit, creating a tale that resonates with excitement and beauty.

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ISBN: 9780061491344
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Published: Ecco - June 30th, 2009

The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps - William Styron

Written at various times in his illustrious literary career, the five stories in William Styron’s The Suicide Run (Random House, $24) are wrought from Styron’s experience as a Marine lieutenant at the end of World War II.  The title story refers to a young soldier recalled to service for the conflict in Korea, and the weekend trips he made from Camp Lejeune to Manhattan to visit his mistress.  The fullest and most satisfying piece is “My Father’s House,” which pairs a young Marine’s reminiscences of his father’s home in Virginia, his hope of returning to it, and his trouble re-assimilating to life in the South, with his more recent memories, some idyllic and some gut-wrenching, of time in Saipan awaiting orders for the invasion of Japan before the war was ended by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.