Fireworks (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

By Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop

Vintage, 9781400096978, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2007

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Hollis Clayton is in trouble. His wife has decamped for the summer, leaving him to pursue his increasingly overwhelming compulsions: drinking; spying on neighbors; worrying about the fate of an abducted local girl; avoiding his editor, who is on the verge of rejecting his new collection of stories; and confronting as obliquely as possible the recent death of his young son. Meanwhile, he is spending more time with Jack Daniels and a stubbornly persistent stray dog than with anyone else, including his girlfriend Marissa, who has either abandoned him or been abandoned by him, he’s not sure which. A tender and comic portrait of suburban despair, Fireworks details the events of one strange summer in which a man’s troubled soul hangs in the balance. In her perceptive exploration of Hollis’s disintegrating life, Elizabeth Winthrop gives us an unforgettably powerful portrait of an anguished man, one who is both endearingly flawed and vividly real.

About the Author

Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop was born and raised in New York City. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2001. In 2004 she received her MFA in fiction from the University of California at Irvine, and she was the recipient of the Schaeffer Writing Fellowship for the 2004-5 academic year. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Praise For Fireworks (Vintage Contemporaries)

"Bittersweet. . . . Winthrop proves to be a bitingly intelligent writer." —The New York Times Book Review"Reads like a heartfelt collision of Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King and the Oscar-winning American Beauty. . . . Pitch-perfect first-person narration." —Pages“Wry . . . Winthrop portrays with poignant humor the characters and events in Hollis' anxiety-filled existence." —Chicago Tribune"Brimming with gentle wisdom." —Redbook