I’m a little bit behind the curve on this one, but Wells Tower is a great new writer. His first (and only) book, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned came out in 2009 to rave reviews. It is a collection of short stories about people who just don’t seem to have any luck at all. Despite featuring some of the most pitiful characters you will come across, the stories are tinged with a surprising optimism and humor. Wells Tower (great name, by the way) is currently working on a novel to be published at a date yet to be determined. His other works mostly consist of long-form journalism pieces. If you haven’t read Tower yet, spend the money to pick up a copy. You will not be disappointed. Check out this great interview with Wells Tower about his writing.
On another note, I have renewed my quest to read 100 books in a year. In order to avoid swamping Surf Waco with my random book posts, I have started another blog to track my progress. Please check it out: 1 Year, 100 Books. I appreciate any book suggestions or tips for improving the blog.