A novel with both sparsely beautiful prose and photography which chronicles one young man’s delinquent coming-of-age in the creep show of swamps and strip malls on the Florida coast. Set against an early 90’s backdrop during the beginnings of the AIDS crisis and in age before cell phones this story offers an intimate view into the isolation and boredom of adolescence, and the increasingly illicit behavior one young man indulges in to combat it. Photographic and textual snapshots starkly reveal the culture of Americana and create a vivid chronicle of the struggle to find a connection. A Staff Pick at the Paris Review in 2011.
“Unlike any book I’ve ever read. [It’s] a mix of this clean, spare, unaffected prose about growing up near the swamps of South Florida – plus these incredible photos...A completely original and clearheaded voice.”
–Ira Glass, host of THIS AMERICAN LIFE, in THE NEW YORK TIMES
“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. As compelling as
the best movies or graphic novels, And Every Day is Over- cast is a landmark in visual storytelling.”
– Alec Soth, BROKEN MANUAL
“Paul Kwiatkowski stitches together an ugly-beautiful fabric of volatile America, threaded with gators and bad acid trips, swampy living and early sexual encounters. There’s hardly anything more American than this ode to coming of age in South Florida. A tour de force in the form of battered scrapbook memories.”
–Doug Rickard, A NEW AMERICAN HISTORY
“[a] terrific coming-of-age novel... offbeat and provocative...vibrant and original.”
About the Author
Paul Kwiatkowski is a photographer, writer and filmmaker. His writing and photography has been featured in dozens of magazines around the world. A brief selection of And Every Day was Overcast was a Staff Pick at the Paris Review in 2011. He lives in New York City.