Everything: A Novel

By Kevin Canty
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Nan A. Talese, (7/6/2010)
Language:English



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In taut, exquisite prose, Kevin Canty explores the largest themes of life—work, love, death, destruction, rebirth—in the middle of the everyday.

On the fifth of July, RL and June go down to the river with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red to commemorate Taylor’s fiftieth and last birthday. Taylor was RL’s boyhood friend and June’s husband, but after eleven years, June, a childless hospice worker, finally declares she’s “nobody’s widow anymore.” Anxious for a new beginning, June considers selling her beloved house. RL, a divorced  empty-nester, faces a major change, too, when he agrees to lodge his college girlfriend, Betsy, while she undergoes chemotherapy. Caught between Betsy’s anguish and June’s hope, the cynical RL is brought face-to-face with his own sense of futility, and the longing to experience the kind of love that “knocks you down.”

Set in Montana, reflecting the beauty of its landscape and the independence of its people, Everything is a shimmering novel about unexpected redemption by a writer of deep empathy and prodigious talents.
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updated on:7/27/2010

I gave this book my highest rating. Everything focuses on loneliness--what it feels like and what people do to seek connection and meaning in their lives. I liked the author's writing style. The settings and seasons fit the emotional mood of the book. At first I was slowed down by the lack of quotation marks but soon I found the layout of words on the pages to be part of the telling of the story. The main characters are all quite flawed like other human beings but good people with good hearts.

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"Everything: A Novel"
By Kevin Canty

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