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All We Want is Everything, Andrew F. Sullivan's exceptional debut collection of short stories, finds the misused and forgotten, the places in between, the borderlands on the edge of town where dead fields alternate with empty warehouses--places where men and women clutch tightly at whatever fragments remain. Motels are packed with human cargo, while parole is just anotherAll We Want is Everything, Andrew F. Sullivan's exceptional debut collection of short stories, finds the misused and forgotten, the places in between, the borderlands on the edge of town where dead fields alternate with empty warehouses--places where men and women clutch tightly at whatever fragments remain. Motels are packed with human cargo, while parole is just another state of being. Christmas dinners become battlegrounds; truck cabs and bathroom stalls transform into warped confessionals; and stories are told and retold, held out by people stumbling towards one another in the dark.Frightening, hilarious, filled with raging impotence and moments of embattled grace, All We Want is Everything is the advent of a tremendous new literary voice. ...

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ISBN : 9781894037846
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 179 Pages
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All We Want Is Everything Reviews

  • Tobin Elliott
    2019-06-03 07:56

    The only reason I didn't give this collection of short stories five stars is because...well, there's twenty stories here...and each one almost serves as the first chapter to a novel. I want to know more about every one of the sorry bastards Sullivan gives us a glimpse into.Andrew Sullivan has a unique writing style that simply captivated me. It shouldn't work, and it shouldn't work so consistently, but it does. He'll give you a line of dialogue, or a quick paragraph of what's happening currently, then the next paragraph fills in some backstory, just a snippet. Then he's back to current for the next line of dialogue, then back into the backstory again. It should be frustrating to read, but instead it sets up a wonderful suspense and conflict very quickly.And then, there's the stories themselves, often more like extended vignettes, small glimpses into the lives of some incredibly broken, sad and damaged people. It's like Sullivan has found the personal life story of every person that the rest of us pretend not to see as we go through our lives. But here, in these stories, we can't look away. There's not really a single hero to be found here. These are the anti-heroes. These are the people that can't make a good decision to save their lives. These are the desperate and lonely and they're the endlessly fascinating fodder for Sullivan's stories.And his writing is lean and tight. Twenty stories, twenty killer opening lines. Twenty glimpses into lives that, when each is finished, after a frustrated pause to consider what comes next, there's the realization that what comes next will never be good, and you silently thank god that you aren't one of them. That this is only fiction.Sullivan is a stunning new voice. And now, I simply cannot wait to see what he does with a full-length novel.

  • Patricia
    2019-06-16 09:16

    I first discovered Sullivan’s short stories in the pages of GRAIN, and THE NEW QUARTERLY. They left an impression. Those stories are included in his debut collection ALL WE WANT IS EVERYTHING. With characters drawn from the dregs of society, they are vividly rendered at their worst, desperately clinging to the last thread: wounded, detestable and self-destructive. Disturbing and unpleasant subjects and situations. A strong voice with prose that are consistently lean and fluid. Twenty stories that are as sharp and lingering as paper cuts. I would suggest individual doses. Not to be consumed all at once. Recommended for fans of literary fiction who appreciate a cleverly crafted short story.

  • Steven Buechler
    2019-06-19 07:24

    Sullivan here has written a slice of reality of our society here that everybody claims to know about yet nobody has truly considered. He vividly describes scenes of desperation, of lost hopes, and even the rise of apathy that is so apparent in many peoples lives today. There is a sense of sense of something deep and personal with each exploration in each of the stories yet the characters seem to be almost detached, alone and apathetic to their status in life. There is some well-thought out and crafted lines in these stories even if the words are simple and concise.http://tinyurl.com/z4fewox

  • Joyland Magazine
    2019-06-11 09:55

    You can read a story from this collection here: http://www.joylandmagazine.com/storie...

  • Dion
    2019-06-15 10:05

    This was good in small doses, but in one go it was all a bit humourless.

  • Luke
    2019-06-24 07:24

    The prose is poetic while remaining accessible. The stories here are easy to become engulfed in. While most of the work here features characters who are the down-and-out sort, underrepresented or frequently misrepresented, Sullivan does a beautiful job of exposing them for what they are: people -- like you and I. Highly original, fearless, entertaining, compassionate. A very good read all around and worthy of revisiting again in the future. Being a debut, I can't wait to see what else Sullivan has in store for the future.

  • Priya
    2019-06-18 09:15

    I often forget how refreshing it is reading a Toronto-based author. All We Want Is Everything was a spontaneous grab during a quick pitstop at the library; I had no clue who the author was nor what the book was about. This emphasizes the beauty of the read: Sullivan grew up in my backyard, went to UofT just as I did, and his writing just echoes hauntingly vivid narratives. Definitely keeping an eye out for more of Sullivan's work.

  • dimwig
    2019-06-02 09:07

    impressively dark imagination—the one about the factory worker's wife is particularly um memorable. and the juggalos. partially reinforces my suspicion that once you get an hour out of toronto things get bleak—the rays of hope or humanity that peak through almost just teases making it all bleaker.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/b...

  • Jana
    2019-06-19 15:15

    This was a fantastic collection of short stories. My favorite being Pumpkinhead. Each story drew me in and kept me interested. They were all slightly on the side of disturbed and it was fascinating. I was first introduced to this author in my schools literary publication when I read his story Towers. Andrew Sullivan is really an excellent writer and I can't wait to read more of his work.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-30 06:56

    Love that's it's a Canadian author! Stories are very dark but author writes from many different perspectives! Each story left me wanting to read more about these characters

  • Jocelyn
    2019-06-07 10:58

    Example of the beauty of short stories: less time filling fluff, more time on details that matter. Great voice, perspective, details, and pace.

  • Susan
    2019-06-21 06:56

    Harsh, gritty, wonderful. I'd forgotten how good short stories can be!

  • Tan
    2019-05-30 08:06

    These are pretty dark stories.