The Devil All the Time

Front Cover
Harvill Secker, 2011 - Ohio - 261 pages
26 Reviews
The Devil All the Time is a hauntingly intense portrait of America and a shattering vision of violence and redemption. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, it follows a cast of riveting and bizarre characters from the end of the Second World War to the 1960s. Willard Russell is a tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from a slow death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his 'prayer log'. Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, trawl America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. The spider-handling preacher Roy, and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, are running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right. Donald Ray Pollock braids his plot lines into a taut, gothic narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
16
4 stars
7
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
2

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - lincolnpan - LibraryThing

Awesome book and beautifully written. Disturbing yet not sadistic, just amazing prose and profile of complex personalities in the Appalachian wasteland. Thoroughly enjoyable. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Gregorio_Roth - LibraryThing

Ohio, a land of great writers, including Donald Ray Pollock. The book was recommended to me by the Horror Aficionados over there in Good Reads. The book was an original in the field of Southern Gothic ... Read full review

All 2 reviews »

Other editions - View all

About the author (2011)

Donald Ray Pollock, recipient of the 2009 PEN/Bingham Fellowship, made his literary debut in 2008 with the critically acclaimed short-story collection Knockemstiff. He worked as a labourer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, from 1973 to 2005.

www.donaldraypollock.com

Bibliographic information