Title: Everyone Dies Famous
Author: Len Joy
Published on: 1st August 2020
Genre: General Fiction
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A story about uncommon lives of everyday people.
You can read an exclusive excerpt from this book here.
Everyone Dies Famous is a purely character-driven story. Dancer is coming to terms with his son’s ‘accidental’ death. Wayne was in the reserve guards unit until he and his friend Sonny were called for active duty in Iraq. Sonny died a few months later and Wayne was sent back. Wayne’s wife Anita refused entry to their house and Wayne had no other option but to crash on his dad Zeke’s couch.
Anita and Wayne got married when Anita found out she was pregnant. Ten years and two kids later, Anita is not happy with Wayne. She finds a friend in the local mail woman, Trudy. Anita soon starts dating with the town’s wealthiest developer Tim Landis.
Now, Tim Landis and Dancer have a history – their wives were lovers. Unknown to Dancer, Jim has sold two jukeboxes to Tim and Dancer is supposed to deliver them right away. Jim’s daughter Kayla is getting married the next day. The wedding prep’s going in full swing. Meanwhile, Tim is hosting a riverboat party for the townspeople. What these people do no know is, in the middle of all the celebrations, a tornado is threatening to sweep away the town.
This is the first Len Joy book I have read but it wont’s be the last. There’s something magical about Len Joy’s writing that keeps the reader hooked on to the story until the end.
As I mentioned before, Everyone Dies Famous is a character-driven story. As the story begins, we are given a gist of each of the characters and their backstory. Each one of them have their own set of troubles, rejections and losses. But all of them being cooped up in a small town, we see their lives (past or present) overlapping with that of one another.
From long lost love to betrayal, from making choices to succumbing to the wrong decisions made in the past, Everyone Dies Famous is the story of everyday people.
The story starts with Zeke(Wayne’s father) going in search of his family and ends with Wayne resting knowing that everything’s all right. As I was reading through, it felt like a movie playing in my head. In fact, I didn’t want the story to end.
I absolutely loved every bit of this story. Be it the characters or the storytelling, Everyone Dies Famous is a must-read book of the year. I highly recommend you to read Everyone Dies Famous by Len Joy.
Many thanks to Anna from FSB Associates for the ARC. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.