All the Castles Burned

All the Castles Burned

by Michael Nye


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ISBN-13: 9781683367611
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael Nye is the author of the story collection Strategies Against Extinction (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012). He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University, where he graduated with a BA in English Literature, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he earned his MFA in creative writing. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, Epoch, Kenyon Review, New South, Normal School, Sou’wester, and South Dakota Review, among many others. His work has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He and his wife live in Washington, D.C.

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All the Castles Burned 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JessicaNo1 More than 1 year ago
A not-classic coming of age… What’s in the head of young, taciturn Owen Web? Even Web, All the Castles Burned’s narrator, doesn’t know. I was most interested in the character’s underlying and prevalent anger, which is both intrinsic to his personality and reactive to his increasingly stressful circumstances: an obsession with a older classmate/friend, his parent’s crumbling marriage, a shocking truth unearthed about his father, spoilers. We start the book knowing that Owen has been moved to a fancy private school in order to separate him from a probable-ruffian future. In the elite setting, he does “blossom,” achieving discipline, academic and sports excellence, and what turns out to be a watertight set of principles. Wolff’s Old School and Sittenfeld’s Prep are decent comparative starting points, but Castles is darker, angrier, funnier, and more overtly masculine. It’s also structurally more complex with multiple plot apex points. Basically, the book has it all: the have and have nots, gritty basketball throw down, fight scenes with free flowing blood, virgin sex, too much Mountain Dew, and compelling and deeply empathetic characters. I was rooting for Owen the whole time. Best of all, Castles kept me turning pages and wishing for more.