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And Every Day Was Overcast

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A special, iBooks-only edition of the critically acclaimed debut from writer/photographer Paul Kwiatkowski.

"This illustrated novel about growing up poor near the swamps of South Florida has a lurid vibrancy." - The New York Times

"The iBook edition includes an eerie original soundtrack that captures the balmy sounds of buzzing evening insects. This is a dark and uplifting, visceral and thoughtful, frightening and refreshingly honest book." - High Times

Each chapter in the digital edition of And Every Day Was Overcast contains an original soundtrack created by Kwiatkowski. These soundscapes feature actual Florida field recordings, interviews, urban and ambient noise, and electronic music tones. Kwiatkowski's high-resolution images come alive on the iPad's retina display, and many photographs contain hidden interviews with women who grew up in (and out of) the novel's acid-soaked Florida parking lots and convenience stores.

“A completely original and clearheaded voice.” - Ira Glass, host of This American Life

"We finish And Every Day Was Overcast in a delirious state of disassociation, not unlike the kids whose lives it seeks to evoke. . . The shabby suburbs of [South Florida] may not be unknown to us, but Kwiatkowski’s ruthless excavation give us a new language by which we hear stories that might otherwise go unheard."—The Los Angeles Times, David Ulin

Photo-Eye Best Books of 2013 (Selected by Doug Rickard)
“A tale of trailer parks, drugs and teenage construction and destruction, Paul K has brought forth an American diary hugely personal and partially universal. Through skillfully written prose and raw imagery that's authored, found and stolen, we witness the protagonist's young life on display. It's not pretty nor should it be. A scrapbook of intention and carefully put together pieces, we witness elation and pain and the special concoction of America's ‘Florida’ in all its glory.”

"With aesthetic conviction comparable to that of Harmony Korine, this alternative novel is sure to have you nostalgic and reaching for the cheapest brand of beer you ever got your teenage hands on."—Nylon

“Kwiatkowski’s novel succeeds in doing much more than simply conveying the isolated experiences of one idle teenager with a penchant for drugs, pornography and reckless sexual encounters. Through a marriage of images and words, the novel illustrates the result of adolescent malaise against Florida’s eerie, subtropical backdrop."—Fault Magazine

"And Every Day Was Overcast. . . is an autobiographical and exhilarating pursuit of the author’s adolescence in the gritty suburban South Florida of the 1990s . . Our new favorite NSFW coffee table book."—I Love Fake Magazine

“I can count on my fingers the number of great books that seamlessly mix photographs and literary text in a compelling way. Paul Kwiatkowski’s And Every Day is Overcast not only achieves this rare feat, he does so with an artistry that makes the achievement nearly invisible. . . A landmark in visual storytelling.”—Alec Soth

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 08, 2013 – The form of Kwiatkowski’s terrific coming-of-age novel, set in the 1990s, is offbeat and provocative. Short chapters, long on imagery and adolescent attitude, nestle between pages of color photographs. What’s exciting is how well these components complement one another. The pictures don’t literally illustrate the story, but only suggest connections. The little blond boy jumping into a swimming pool and sitting complacently behind an uncut birthday cake might or might not be the unnamed narrator. Instead, the photographs form a kind of tapestry of the swampy South Florida world he inhabits. There’s a young man in a camouflage T-shirt looking somberly down at a deer carcass in the back of a pickup; studies of bathrooms and trucks and abandoned houses; and all manner of bleary-eyed young people, cigarettes dangling from their lips, staring fixedly into the camera. As a child, the narrator gorges on television and compares his dysfunctional clan to idealized sitcom families. As a teenager, he witnesses bullying at school (befriending the chief victim, a hapless boy nicknamed “Cobain”), weathers raging hormones, and experiments with drugs. Kwiatkowski writes in vignettes and verbal tableaux, supplementing the narrative with the photos, and vice versa. Vibrant and original.

What's New in Version 1.1

Updated for iOS 8 compatibility.


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Customer Reviews

Outstanding Novel/Art Book

Kwiatkowski weaves a realistic, though fringe coming-of-age story in ‘90s South Florida with photographs from his own youth in the Sunshine State, creating something that’s part novel, part art book and all engrossing. The additional interviews and soundtrack also push the boundaries of what’s possible with iBooks, making for beautifully crafted, innovative storytelling.

Dig That!

I liked this story a lot. If I ever wrote a book this is how I would want the format to be. He had eerie recordings, interviews, and pictures that went well with each chapter. It was great and when I was a the end I was upset that it ended; I wanted more.
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And Every Day Was Overcast
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Oct 15, 2013
  • Publisher: Catapult
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 280 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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