Out of South Florida's lush and decaying suburban landscape bloom the delinquent magic and chaotic adolescence of And Every Day Was Overcast.

Paul Kwiatkowski's arresting photographs amplify a novel of profound vision and vulnerability. Drugs, teenage cruelty, wonder, and the screen-flickering worlds of Predator and Married…With Children shape and warp the narrator's developing sense of self as he navigates adventures and misadventures, from an ill-fated LSD trip on an island of castaway rabbits to the devastating specter of HIV and AIDS.

This alchemy of photography and fiction gracefully illuminates the travesties and triumphs of the narrator's quest to forge emotional connections and fulfill his brutal longings for love.



"And Every Day Was Overcast [is] unlike any book I've ever read. [It's] a mix of this clean, spare, unaffected prose about growing up near the swamps of South Florida – plus these incredible photos [Paul has] taken of the area. …A completely original and clearheaded voice."
—Ira Glass

"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. 'My hometown, Loxahatchee, was built over Seminole Indian burial grounds,' Mr. Kwiatkowski writes. 'In exchange for land we inherited bad conscience. It was in my blood.' His book is full of young people, seen as if from a passing Camaro, having a good time and trying to get out alive."
—New York Times, Holiday Gift Guide, Dwight Garner

"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

“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

“I can count on my fingers the number of great books that seamlessly mix photographs and literary text in a compelling way. Paul Kwiatkowski’s And Every Day is Overcast not only achieves this rare feat, he does so with an artistry that makes the achievement nearly invisible. As compelling as the best movies or graphic novels, And Every Day is Overcast is a landmark in visual storytelling.”
—Alec Soth

"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

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

“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 worse 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

"Recontextualized pictures gain new meaning and power as a group, more than they could have as individual images. Text informs but does not establish meaning. Multiple authorial voices create a space that is evocative and specific, but that also feels unstable. 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

"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."
—Orlando Weekly

“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

"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 Men

"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."
—Orlando Weekly

"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

"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."

"The pictures serve to reflect the vulnerability, rage and frustration of the young as they seek a sense of self, the chaos and recklessness propelling them down the road towards oblivion, all hanging on, hoping for the best, to get out the other side relatively unscathed. It is a story of disaffection, of bored kids taking acid, killing things and fucking. There is no point, no redemption no happy ending, it is as it is. Hard edged, ugly, sweaty and chaotic. Life without reason in the middle of nowhere. A snapshot of an America that’s lost without a past and has no hope of a future."
—Mutant Space

"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

"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

"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

"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."