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"This illustrated novel about growing up poor near the swamps of South Florida has a lurid vibrancy. Its prose is lit from below, like a vaguely scummy in-ground swimming pool, and the author’s photographs — of ranch houses, randy adolescents, alligators, drug paraphernalia, fishing tackle, convenience stores — are what you might get if you combined William Eggleston’s talents with Terry Richardson’s." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"We finish And Every Day Was Overcast in a delirious state of disassociation, not unlike the kids whose lives it seeks to evoke. This, of course, is why we turn to books — or one reason, anyway — to see the world as we have not before. The shabby suburbs of And Every Day Was Overcast may not be unknown to us, but "Kwiatkowski’s ruthless excavation give us a new language by which we hear stories that might otherwise go unheard." —David L. Ulin, The Los Angeles Times

"Part of the allure of And Every Day Was Overcast is the tension that results from the impossibility of separating the elements that might be true from those which are probably not... [If] you are interested in something which very effectively pushes into difficult territory, or are someone who is happy to let themselves be taken up in a poignant story of teenage malaise and idleness, you should definitely take a look."Hotshoe

"The form of Kwiatkowski’s terrific coming-of-age novel, set in the 1990s, is offbeat and provocative. Short chapters, long on imagery and adolescent attitude, nestle between pages of color photographs. What’s exciting is how well these components complement one another... Vibrant and original." —Publishers Weekly

"Kwiatkowski calls his book an “illustrated novel,” a piece of craft that he cleverly undercuts at almost every juncture. Like a movie that begins with the cryptic phrase, “Based on a true story,” each section of text is buffered by a series of pseudo-archival photographs that creates an aura of authenticity."The Miami Rail

"Kwiatkowski's language is harsh and direct, and his stories are compelling in their sadness and brutality. . . the photographs serve to confirm the reality of these stories. We look at them and can see the people and landscape Kwiatkowski describes. Whether this means these stories are largely autobiographical, or are simply of a piece with the author's experience, matters little, and is part of what grips us. Kwiatkowski has produced an illustrated novel that shows what the form can do."Photo District News

"Transmissions–short commentaries that act almost like text messages sent to the reader– utilize equally visual and textual means to convey information. This break from text-based prose invites the reader to experience intimate moments between characters as the characters themselves might visually experience it. When our narrator sends his spy into the girls’ locker room, we too study these photographs, feeling as though we are a part of his secret; we become accomplices in teenage deviancy."Electric Literature

"Weaving compelling literary work with photography demands an acute artistry that is hard to come by. This novel, however takes the experimental genre even further and cuts the narrative with radio transmission blurbs that come out of a hazy nocturnal memory, while also helping categorize the narrator's thoughts. It's an honest composition that makes you feel like there's no other way to tell this story." Sleek

 "The photos depict young people and vernacular locales engaged in a variety of relationships and vice. Drinking, smoking, and promiscuity make regular appearances. It's normal coming-of-age material in other words, though given a harder edge here than usual, a sort of Basketball Diaries for the photography set." Photo-Eye, Blake Andrews

"Disposable-shot photos and alluringly honest prose narrate a romanticized version of the “lost youth,” filled with vignettes of sex, hallucinogenics, surface encounters, and overall debauchery and delinquency. With aesthetic conviction comparable to that of Harmony Korine, this alternative novel is sure to have you nostalgic and reaching for the cheapest brand of beer you ever got your teenage hands on."—Nylon Guys October Issue

"That is the strange, unsettling success of this book. Kwiatkowski is such a good writer and editor that we allow him to charm us, despite the possibility that the author may be as unreliable a narrator as the protagonist, because words and pictures are both in the service of such a seductive hallucination. The work presents an affecting and introspective narrative experience…If you want to know where photography is headed these days, this book provides one interesting answer: Paul Kwiatkowski has made a place inside his head for you and this book will take you there." —Fraction Magazine

“A tale of trailer parks, drugs and teenage construction and destruction, Paul K has brought forth an American diary hugely personal and partially universal. Through skillfully written prose and raw imagery that's authored, found and stolen, we witness the protagonist's young life on display. It's not pretty nor should it be. A scrapbook of intention and carefully put together pieces, we witness elation and pain and the special concoction of America's "Florida" in all its glory.” —Best Books 2013, Photo-Eye, Doug Rickard

"Kwiatkowski could have published these photos as an art book – they’re astoundingly fresh, almost electrifying – but chose instead to pair them with this short coming-of-age tale. . . It’s an overt rejection of the already-blurry lines between the real and the artificial, between reality and fantasyland. . . And Kwiatkowski doesn’t disappoint as a Baudelaire of the swamps"—Jessica Bryce Young, Orlando Weekly

"Paul Kwiatkowski’s new gritty and dark coming-of-age novel evokes a rave gone wrong in the '90s. And Every Day was Overcast succeeds in portraying teenage toxicity in South Florida in the wors[t] yet most vibrant way. The volatile narrative is carefully nestled between ugly-beautiful scrapbook photos that seamlessly construct a unique type of visual storytelling…this delinquent memoir has it all."Creative Loafing Tampa

"Beautiful photographs which seem inspired by Larry Clark, and blends visual fact and visual fiction with the story of a young man growing up…a graphic novel in photographs…physically a beautiful book"Carolyn Kellogg, KCRW's "Which Way, LA?" Los Angeles Public Radio

The aire of documentary aids Kwiatkowski in his style. It keeps the prose direct, simple, and free of clogging metaphor. As a result his prose scans more similar to a journal entry than it does typical fiction. His images bounce between counterpoint and harmony with the text, never literal or clumsy, sometimes sweet, smooth sad or ironic. They invite comparison with Larry Clark’s Tulsa but could also be imagined as a first-person retelling of Kids. All in all the effect is one of hyper-reality that serves to shorten the distance between the reader and the experience described.American Suburb X

“Kwiatkowski’s novel succeeds in doing much more than simply conveying the isolated experiences of one idle teenager with a penchant for drugs, pornography and reckless sexual encounters. Through a marriage of images and words, the novel illustrates the result of adolescent malaise against Florida’s eerie, subtropical backdrop. Perhaps less noticeably, And Every Day Was Overcast is also the story of a man fortunate enough to have actually made it out.”Fault Magazine

"Sometimes art doesn't need to be beautiful, and sometimes beauty does not need to be seen in such a particular way. Either could be said when looking at AND EVERY DAY WAS OVERCAST by Paul Kwiatkowski" Juxtapoz

"The photos in And Every Day Was Overcast break all the rules of conventionally “good” photography. Images are marred by harsh flash, uneven lighting and blur, the typical flaws of a disposable camera stuck on a fixed aperture and shutter speed. Kwiatkowski brilliantly taps the aesthetic of found photography with damaged artifacts that reflect damaged youth." Spectrum Culture