Book Review: Readings

Meredith Brosnan

Readings

Mr. Dynamite

by Meredith Brosnan

(Dalkey Archive, $13.50, paper)

This is a story of a punk-rock slacker well past his prime and one big blown chance. It's a risky, aggressive debut effort from Brosnan – whose life more than mirrors his protagonist, Jarleth Prendergast's – but it works out more than well. Much like the author's plays, it moves fast and it's funny, its prose a ramshackle pile of epistolary, poetry, and colloquial stream-of-consciousness.

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