BookBrowse Reviews All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well by Tod Wodicka

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All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well

by Tod Wodicka

All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well
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    Feb 2008, 272 pages
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    Jan 2009, 272 pages

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A rare and noteworthy first novel; a cautionary tale rooted in a singular, yet familiarly dysfunctional, family.

The biblical idea that there exists "nothing new under the sun" frequently applies to the world of adult fiction. Familiar or foundational plots are made fresh through detail, setting, the author's unique voice and other elements of noteworthy novels. All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well, Tod Wodicka's first book, seems, at first read, to defy this concept. From the opening pages, taken from the writings of Hildegard von Bingen, to the masterful conclusion that blends back into another of the anchorite's diary excerpts, one feels that this story might just be the one to fly in the face of this precept that all human ideas and circumstances are recycled, repeated. However, underneath the peculiar characters and layers of dark comedy that feed this story, hides another one of those common, "nothing new under the sun," themes...

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