All of Us Together in the End


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Hub City Press
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4.9 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Matthew Vollmer is the author of two short-story collections as well as three collections of essays. He was the editor of A Book of Uncommon Prayer, which collects invocations from over 60 acclaimed and emerging authors, and served as co-editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. His work has appeared in venues such as Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, Tin House, Oxford American, The Sun, The Pushcart Prize anthology, and Best American Essays. He teaches in the English Department at Virginia Tech and lives in Blacksburg, VA.


"This engaging what's-in-the-woods puzzle elegantly probes the questions that characterize deep relationships and deeper mysteries." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"All of Us Together in the End is an unforgettable record of 'a purposeful journey' that became 'a collision with the ineffable.'" --Rebecca Foster, Foreword Reviews, Starred Review

"If I had witnessed what Matthew Vollmer has seen, I think I would, like him, resist the mystery; that is, I, too, would think it was too good to be true, too good to be believed. The world owes us nothing yet gives us everything, the lights seem to proclaim, and yet. Vollmer restores the mortal body to its shine, existence to its sublime and brilliant mystery. All of Us Together in the End will make you reckon with your ghosts, and will teach you exactly what matters in the end. I am a more aware witness now of the brightness of this world, and I have to thank Vollmer's spiritual memoir for allowing me to see it and, consequently, believe it." --Jenny Boully, author of Betwixt & Between and The Body

"All of Us Together in the End is Vollmer's best work to date. The book showcases his keen awareness for the very present (pandemic, institutional racism, Zoom, TikTok, ) and also his ability to gather the weird, mystical, and poignant threads of his life to tell the engrossing story of how loss can lead to transformation and how his family history comes to inform his path as a seeker. Vollmer can do funny and tender and mystical all at once in fluid prose that gets me thinking deeply about the tradition of American storytelling. Like Mark Twain, he collects narrative ephemera: the kooky, the folkloric, the lingua franca of the nation to narrate an elegiac story of a man evolving through grief by the gleam of a mysterious but vital light." --Carmen Giménez, author of Be Recorder

"Matthew Vollmer thinks too much. I'm glad, for I'm probably not thinking enough most days. All of Us Together in the End is an honest missive addressed to hope, regret, childhood, faith, truth, parenting, and the paranormal. And Love, with all its mysteries. It's an insightful, beautiful memoir that I'll remember forever." --George Singleton, author of You Want More: Selected Stories

"All Of Us Together in the End is a special book--part investigation, part memoir, part love letter to the mountains of western North Carolina. It engages my mind as well as my heart. Most of all, Matthew Vollmer's book makes me think about family--what we're born to, what we make--and the kinship we find in each other and in the places that call us home." --Joni Tevis, author of The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse

"Vollmer delicately portrays his 'unmoored' state of mind and its evolving connection to radical changes to his family and the world." --Kirkus Reviews

"Throughout this journey, Vollmer invites readers into his world via detailed renderings of the places he's called home. He recalls his childhood house with exquisite detail and recounts searching for the lights outside his father's window so powerfully that readers can place themselves in the scene. And as he searches, Vollmer evokes a painfully universal experience: the process of moving forward with a life that doesn't make sense after a loved one's death." --BookPage

"A post-pandemic voyage for the spiritually adventuresome." --Library Journal

Additional praise for Matthew Vollmer

"...irresistible...Expertly structured and utterly convincing, these stories represent the arrival of a strong new voice." --Joseph Salvatore, The New York Times

"Becoming conscious of the process by which we are produced may be the only available step to enabling our status as players rather than simply played, though it is no exit from the game itself. And that, to me, is what makes Matthew Vollmer's fiction compelling at a much deeper level than the play of wit, sensibility, and intelligence in his craft." --The Brooklyn Rail

"Vollmer's writing is my new favorite example of what it must be like to see a life flash before your eyes." --Fiction Advocate