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We're All in This Together: A Novella and Stories Paperback – Bargain Price, July 11, 2006
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“The title novella of King's first collection is its heart and soul: a powerful exploration of the flimsiness of political moral certainty....The novella...like all great storytelling, has real strength. Newcomer King is a talent to watch.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“[T]he novella is terrific; the accompanying stories less so ? [King's] is a voice well worth hearing....Read this book for the novella alone. It wouldn't have taken many more pages to have made it into a worthy first novel, and it shines with promise.” ―Hartford Courant
“King possesses a rare understanding of the macabre side of our workaday lives....We're All in This Together has enough moments of crystalline insight into human folly to prove he's finding a voice and an artistic sensibility all his own.” ―Andrew Ervin, The Washington Post
“Owen King knows a thing or two about our yen for hate, and he has made it a potent subtext of his literary debut....Some day, when historians are frantically looking for artifacts of our Age of Hate, I think they will stumble upon We're all in this Together.” ―Denver Post
“Owen King manages to take all of these characters and their idiosyncratic lives and weave stories that are darkly hilarious, truthfully touching, and leave the reader in no doubt that we really are all in this together.” ―San Antonio ExpressNews--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The novella, "We're All In This Together," is a mostly bittersweet story. There is comedy mixed in. Mr. King captures the climate of the nation at the time period it takes place. Everyone thinks they are right. But we're all in it together and we all deal with the same problems, young or old.
"Frozen Animals" is a short strange, narrative about a dentist. I believe the title implies the chracters in this story are animals. Read the story and I think you will believe the same.
"Wonders" is a snapshot, a picture post-card of an era long gone. The thoughts and views of the characters are where the nation was at that time. Baseball seems to be a running theme with both King writers. This story is a macabre and sad semi-love story.
"Snake," a story of a young man obsessed with crime novels is kind of strange. He comes from a broken home and believes his father lies about everything. It is poignant and sort of ends abruptly.
The final story "My Second Wife" is like a bad acid trip. Very weird story of a road trip to aquire a death row inmates car. Strange, strange, strange.
All and all each narrative is crafted with surgical precision. A worthy beginning to what I hope will be a thriving career.
Beginning with the "novella", after which King's book is named, he takes us through four more engrossing (and occasionally "grossing"!) short stories. His finest offering is the novella itself, where politics mix with paint balls and odd family connections. King is terrifically descriptive and his attention to detail is engaging. The state of Maine figures prominently throughout the book, as one would understand, given his own background. The stories which follow are mostly fine but sometimes a little uneven. "My Second Wife", which concludes the book, is the richest and the warmest. "Frozen Animals" and "Snake" are filled with humor. Only "Wonders" kept me from giving this book five stars.
Owen King has produced a book that leaves me wanting to read his next one. "We're All in This Together" is well worth the read for its scope, depth and pace. I highly recommend it.
The title novella is a sympathetic commentary on the perils of dogmatism. It sketches a world in which neither of the ideological poles its plot so carefully sets up -- the liberal-activist grandfather or the hapless, republican "Dr. Vic"-- can be either fully supported or completely criticized. The child at the center of this tug-of-war is the story's emotional grounding: he learns, at the same pace readers do, to extend his sympathies, to look further than his assumptions -- and to recognize that we ourselves are often the ones most in need of, well, re-centering.
Despite their laugh-out-loud jokes and uniquely outsized plotting, it's possible, too, to identify thematic links among King's stories. In their ways, all of these stories demonstrate the untidiness of lived experience, charting how physical bodies, irrational emotions, and the world itself infringe on the desire for pure truths, for certainty. As is evident in "We're All In This Together" and "Wonders" especially, the solid assurance that an election or a baseball swing might offer is something that's never granted these characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully well written and a lot of fun. Owen King is one of the finest writers around. I've already pre ordered his next project. Intro to Alien invasionPublished 11 months ago by Brian dressel
I've tried to read this 4 different times now, and gave up each time. It's just not interesting. However, I do enjoy Owen's style of prose and will give his next book a shot.Published 12 months ago by Christian A. Orton
First I've read of Owen King's work, should have been better! Story was interesting, but the book is riddled with errors that any good editor should have caught. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ndp
I'm sure I am missing something...just can not stay interested in this book long enough to finish it.Published 19 months ago by ilm
Eclectic mix of short stories. Interesting read, although not all of the stories seemed to make sense to me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by S. Pannell
I got this book to see if I liked his writing. It was OK.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Somewhat inconsistent for this developing writer but good enough to look forward to his next bookPublished 24 months ago by Randee P Levitt
These stories are over the top great. I was so pleasantly surprised. The title story kept me completely engrossed until its final unexpected ending. Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by alane farmer