“And Every Day Was Overcast [is] unlike any book I’ve ever read. . . A completely original and clearheaded voice.” —Ira Glass, host of This American Life
"This illustrated novel about growing up poor near the swamps of South Florida has a lurid vibrancy." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
Photo-Eye Best Books of 2013 (Selected by Doug Rickard)
"We finish And Every Day Was Overcast in a delirious state of disassociation, not unlike the kids whose lives it seeks to evoke. . . Kwiatkowski’s ruthless excavation give us a new language by which we hear stories that might otherwise go unheard." —David L. Ulin, The Los Angeles Times
Out of South Florida’s lush and decaying suburban landscape blooms the delinquent magic and chaotic adolescence of And Every Day Was Overcast.
Paul Kwiatkowski’s arresting photographs amplify a novel of profound vision and vulnerability. Drugs, teenage cruelty, wonder, and the screen-flickering worlds of Predator and Married…With Children shape and warp the narrator’s developing sense of self as he navigates adventures and misadventures, from an ill-fated LSD trip on an island of castaway rabbits to the devastating specter of HIV and AIDS. This alchemy of photography and fiction gracefully illuminates the travesties and triumphs of the narrator’s quest to forge emotional connections and fulfill his brutal longings for love.
**Paperback edition features french flaps. Hardback limited special edition is cloth-bound in a sandy-colored cover and features foil stamping on the spine. Each copy is signed and numbered by author Paul Kwiatkowski.**
Paul Kwiatkowski is a New York-based writer and photographer. This is his first novel. His work has appeared in numerous outlets, including Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, Dazed and Confused, Fault, Dust, and American Suburb X.