Category Archives: Everything Burned

Comparing the 3

Each story I read, at the end I always end up reflecting on how that story fits with the particular author’s writing style and how each of the three writers differ from one another.  I think I’ve said it in … Continue reading

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Humor in “Down Through The Valley”

There was much in this story that I found really, really funny.  Most of the hilarity stems from the absurdity of the characters and situations…best described as ‘quirky’, probably.  The fact that poor Ed has to deal with this yoga-hipster … Continue reading

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Ambient Unease of “Down Through the Valley”

In “Down Through the Valley,” a man, Ed, is forced to take a long car ride with his young daughter, Marie, and his wife Jane’s new lover, Barry. “The sky was going dark,” writes Tower, “when Marie bent over in … Continue reading

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Down Through The Valley

This Tower story reminded me of Johnson’s writing because of the vagueness and in-and- out of the character. Relationships in this story are different from what you would expect.  The daughter, Marie, and her father, Ed the narrator, are not … Continue reading

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Contrasting “Executors” and “The Trip Back”

Although the stories “The Trip Back” by Robert Olen Butler and “Executors” by Wells Tower are both about the relationship between a man and a relative with dementia, it is there the similarities end.  “The Trip Back” I found was … Continue reading

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“Overhead, bats strafed midges in the darkening sky.”

Amidst the coarseness and anger and regret of the narrative voice in Wells Tower’s story “Retreat,” there are occasional passages of evocative description that not only beautifully establish a sense of place in the story but also deepen and make … Continue reading

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Comments on the first sentence of “Retreat”?

Anyone care to comment on the first sentence of Wells Tower’s story “Retreat”? Here’s the sentence: Sometimes, sometimes, after six or so large drinks, it seems like a sane idea to call my little brother on the phone. Here is  a New … Continue reading

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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

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