Dazzlingly inventive and utterly original, All Shall Be Well… is a surprise and a delight.
Meet Burt Hecker, aka Eckbert Attquiet, a 63 year old medieval re-enactor with a momentous nose, who dresses in tunics and drinks too much home-made mead. His treasured wife Kitty has died and their strange and beautiful relationship is now the stuff of history; he has sold all of his possessions and bought a one-way ticket to Europe, bent on rescuing his beloved son Tristan from the ‘evil’ city of Prague. If only he knew that his son doesn’t want to be rescued, or found.
“Bursting with humour and weighted with sadness”
“Vibrant, original, at times hilarious...reminiscent of Philip Roth or Jonathan Franzen (or The Royal Tenenbaums, for that matter)”
“Wodicka has crafted an eccentric tale full of humour and compassion”
“A boisterous debut...a genuinely moving narrative - applause is justified”
Times Literary Supplement
“Packed with wit, humour and wise epigrammatic observations on life”
“Wodicka's narrative displays a skill that frequently belies his status as a first-time novelist”
“So who's the worst father in literature? Lear? Pap Finn? Michael Henchard? Ladies and gentlemen, there's a new contender in town. Tod Wodicka has created a monster of neglect and lack of awareness in bulbous-nosed Burt Hecker, a 63-year-old American medieval re-enactor who wouldn't know answerability from a hole in the ground.”
“Wodicka is assured and original, and his wry and subtle prose is a pleasure throughout. Burt is a pathetic, frustrating and sympathetic creation, heartbroken and heartbreaking as he struggles to pull himself together for his children.”
“Wodicka is original and writes an efficient, precise prose”
“A wonderfully memorable protagonist... and an arresting narrative that manages to combine both tragedy and hilarity”
Kamran Nazeer, Prospect