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MAR 29, 2008


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Tod Wodicka

Why: Most accomplished debut novels nowadays smack the reader about the head with precociousness. The only precocious thing about Wodicka's debut is the title: All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well. It concerns a 63-year-old medieval-reenactor with a giant, freakishly misshapen nose, in search of his prodigal son. Well is a near-perfect debut, written with a big heart and the rare ability to magically sidestep cliché. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. 7:30 pm, free.)

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