As a tornado threatens their town, a stubborn old man who has lost his son teams up with a troubled young soldier to deliver a jukebox to the wealthy developer having an affair with the soldier's wife.
It's July 2003 and the small town of Maple Springs, Missouri is suffering through a month-long drought. Dancer Stonemason, a long-forgotten hometown hero still grieving over the death of his oldest son, is moving into town to live with his more dependable younger son. He hires Wayne Mesirow, an Iraq war veteran, to help him liquidate his late son's business.
The heat wave breaks and the skies darken. Dancer tries to settle an old score while Wayne discovers the true cost of his wife's indifference and turns his thoughts to revenge. When the tornado hits Maple Springs, only one of the men will make it out alive.
Everyone Dies Famous is a story from the heartland about the uncommon lives of everyday people - the choices they make, how they live their lives, and how they die.
"This is an incredibly well written book.The dialogue is compelling and I felt like I knew each and every character." - NetGalley review
". . . Len Joy is a master at pacing, and he moves us along --- urging us to turn the pages faster and faster. Each short chapter is time-stamped, and the action takes place in an intense fourteen hours, increasing with the building of a massive storm front. . . " LiteratureLust Book Blog
"I was captivated from the first page and stayed like that throughout the rest of the book. You want to know what happens next. All the characters are relatable in some way and you miss them when the book is done. Len Joy leaves you wanting more." - NetGalley review
". . . Beautifully written and full of emotion. . . " - The Bookwormery
"Great book. Riveting story with characters worth caring about and rooting for. I read this in one sitting---the pages turned themselves." - Verified reviewer
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Surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it. I loved the writing This story has a strong voice that draws you in and keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. It's gut wrenching. It's about choices and redemption. Vivid characters that insist you keep reading. And so will you. A must read. Happy reading!
This skillfully written story about the choices made by people in the heartland and the aftermath is a great read. The characters are well-developed and the story moves at the perfect pace.
“This is a small town, Dancer. Everyone dies famous here. “ This book was a joy to read, even while the characters are dealing with their own personal grief. These characters show great personal growth, and acceptance of themselves and their circumstances. I was captivated from the first page and stayed like that throughout the rest of the book. You want to know what happens next. All the characters are relatable in some way and you miss them when the book is done. Len Joy leaves you wanting more.
This is an incredibly well written book. The dialogue is compelling and I felt like I knew each and every character. I loved the premise - the analysis of what we leave behind. There was a sense of an ending throughout this - it’s not a depressing or dark book but there is something somber behind even the uplifting aspects of this tale. I can’t quite explain why, but I loved it.
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy in exchange for a review. I should start by saying that I have not read the first book and this in no way affected this book. I really enjoyed this. The pace was good and the chapter length perfect for squeezing on the odd chapter at work. The characters are simple and they felt real and relatable. There is quite a lot going on, but they never felt overloaded with information. The author sets up the story and the crescendo seems inevitable and yet still surprising. I definitely preferred some characters to others and I like the way their true stories are revealed at the end. I'm not entirely sure what I think about the ending. It was abrupt and fitting and disappointing and satisfying all at the same time. There is a definite uncertainty and I guess you get to decide for yourself what happens next. I will definitely add this author to my read list.
I will start by admitting something. I did not read American Past Time and did not know that Everyone Dies Famous follows on the story from that until halfway through this book i checked what else this author had written. However i do not feel that you need to read American Past Time first. I was cheering for Dancer the whole way through and felt attached to Wayne. The only thing i would of liked to read is maybe a short chapter from Russells point of view. What does he really think of Ozzie? What was Clayton like through the eyes of his best friend? I will be going back to read American Past Time if only to be in Claytons head for awhile. This was a great read!