In Beth Raymer’s tumultuous coming-of-age debut novel Fireworks Every Night,we meet twelve-year-old CC, an unforgettable protagonist who narrates her life story with dark comedy and compassion for her family, even as her parents “opt out of parenthood” as well as society. Largely inspired by Raymer’s unconventional childhood in the seedy wilds of South Florida, the book feels like the love child of Carl Hiaasen and Lauren Groff.
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 MFA 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.