The Devil All the Time

Author(s): Donald Ray Pollock


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.


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A dark and riveting vision of America from the award-winning author of Knockemstiff. For fans of No Country for Old Men and Natural Born Killers.

Hits you like a telegram from Hell slid under your door at three o'clock in the morning William Gay, Author of Provinces of Night and The Long Home Donald Ray Pollock redefines the term 'American Gothic', taking Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner and turning them up to 11...once you start reading it doesn't let go Glasgow Herald One of the most adventurous and significant writers of our time . If the Coen Brothers want their next Oscar they should buy the rights to this book now Scotland on Sunday Terrifying ... an unsettling masterwork GQ Superb The Times

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780099563389
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Arrow
  • : 0.198
  • : October 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Donald Ray Pollock
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 813/.6
  • : very good
  • : 272