Fireworks Every Night

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Random House
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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Beth Raymer is the author of Lay the Favorite, a memoir about her years in Las Vegas and her work in the sports-betting industry, which was made into a feature film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis. She received an M.F.A. from Columbia University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. Her journalism has been published in The Atlantic and The New York Times Magazine. This is her first novel.
"It's a hopelessly funny, rueful account of C.C.'s hair-raising childhood . . . Surrounded by a family in free fall, C.C. becomes first a teen basketball star and ultimately a true heroine for tough times."--People

"A riveting coming-of-age story about survival, poverty, and familial love. . . . it captures the vibe of '90s-era Florida in all its sticky, kitschy glory."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Raymer balances the sadness of her story with terrific humor, deep compassion, and beautiful writing about the natural world--which makes it perfect for cracking open at the end of a long hike."--Oprah Daily

"Equal parts hilarious and painful."--Newsday

"Fireworks Every Night is sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious and always feels incredibly vivid and lived-in."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A bittersweet celebration of survival."--Associated Press

"With raw humor and even more raw pain, Beth Raymer's Fireworks Every Night alchemizes the ubiquitous Florida Man headlines into a powerful, humane family portrait. Every absurdity somehow made me believe in these characters more deeply, and I never wanted their story to end."--Xhenet Aliu, author of Brass

"Fireworks Every Night is electric . . . Its honest, elegant look at money, identity, and desire in America powers a story that refuses to relent until the very end. Every sentence absolutely glimmers."--Kayla Rae Whitaker, author of The Animators

"Beth Raymer is the real deal, and her first novel is a knockout. With wisdom, soul, and dry crackling wit, she reports from the swampy, debt-burdened places most Americans live but rarely see portrayed. I'll be thinking about this gorgeous book for a long time."--Jim Gavin, creator of Lodge 49 and author of Middle Men

"Raymer's first novel crackles with life and energy. Each line catapults the story forward--a meteor of hilarity and heartbreak--so much so that I got to page 20 and flipped back to the beginning just for the pleasure of re-reading it."--Leigh Newman, author of Nobody Gets Out Alive

"I read Raymer's novel in a state of giddy awe, like watching someone launching bottle rockets in the dark at close range and exploding in laughter, a dangerous shower of sparks illuminating a deeply dysfunctional family cruising toward disaster in a brand-new car."--Elissa Schappell, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Birth

"Nineties Florida deserves a neon talent, and that's what Raymer offers--pyrotechnical brilliance and a book of wit and heat."--Darin Strauss, author of The Queen of Tuesday

"This unsparing version of the modern American tragedy is more fun to read than can possibly be right."--Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)

"Raymer impresses with heart-rending characters and clear-eyed exploration of class differences. . . . There's a great deal of life on the page."--Publishers Weekly