All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well
By Tod Wodicka
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307278876, 272pp.)
Publication Date: January 6, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Meet Burt Hecker: he's a mead-addicted medieval re-enactor from upstate New York who prefers oat gruel to French fries—because potatoes were unavailable in Europe before 1200 A.D.—and is mourning the death of his wife. After an incident involving the police and an illegally borrowed car, Burt is forced to join a local music therapy workshop to manage his anger. With this group, he travels to Germany for a music festival. His real goal, however, is to get to Prague, where his estranged son has been living. Armed with what he thinks is a historically accurate understanding of how to fix the past, Burt sets out on a journey that will change his future.
Tod Wodicka was born in Glen Falls, NY, in 1976. He was educated at Manchester University, UK. He lives in Berlin.
“Heartbreaking, hilarious.” —The New Yorker“Disarming and brilliant. . . . A tour de force. . . . Wodicka's prose is a revelation.” —The Boston Globe“Elegant. . . . [Burt's] efforts to hurl himself into the present are chronicled with smart, casually poetic observations. . . . Even if Burt can't transcend time, Wodicka's novel can.” —Entertainment Weekly“This tender, oddball book . . . performs a deft balancing act as it hides love, yearning and regret behind the mouthful of medieval incantation in its title. . . . Startlingly poignant.” —The New York Times Book Review