EVERYBODY KNOWS: A NOVEL
ABOUT THE BOOK
The rain-sodden, Southern world of David Wesley Williams' Everybody Knows overflows with satiric fun as it churns up a rich detritus of Biblical allusions, political backstory, musical opinions, literary puns, and local anecdotes. The story, set a decade hence, introduces a raft of characters, too, including musicians, an escaped felon, a tyrannical governor atop his state's old electric chair, various and likable sidekicks and mistresses, and even a writer, the ironic double of the work's author, whose enthusiasm for his subject matter spills over into strongly opinionated footnotes. And that's all before the pirates arrive. Original, energetic, and obsessive, Everybody Knows recalls the worlds of Faulkner, Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Kennedy Toole in its broad wit and sorrowful joy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Wesley Williams, a native Kentuckian now living in Memphis, Tennessee, is the author of the novels Everybody Knows and Long Gone Daddies. His short fiction has been published by the Oxford American, Kenyon Review Online, and such literary journals as The Common and The Pinch. His stories have also appeared in Akashic Books' Memphis Noir and the Harper Perennial collection Forty Stories. He plays the musical saw in a cowpunk band called Citizen Cain't. All but the last is true.