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
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