Eugene Marten signs FIREWORK (with a performance by Alejandro Escovedo)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 5:00pm

Eugene Marten will be at Off Square Books to read and sign copies of Firework. Alejandro Escovedo will give a brief performance before the reading at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. 

Michael's review from Dear Reader

Firework is a rich, tough read. The utterly sympathetic protagonist in Eugene Marten’s third novel doesn’t stray far from those of his prior works, Waste and In the Blind. Jelonnek, the state-employee antihero of Firework, is a shiftless man whose routine is shaken by a series of twisted circumstances and terrible decisions. Marten masters a world of blue-collar minutiae with spare, striking prose and meticulous detail, a breakout achievement that also tackles issues of gender, class, race, identity and family. MJ

Order your copy of Firework here